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Skill acquisition, credit constraints, and trade

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  • Chesnokova, Tatyana
  • Krishna, Kala

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In this paper we develop a general equilibrium model where credit constraints limit the ability of agents with heterogeneous abilities and wealth to acquire skills. We identify a new effect, the induced Rybczynski effect, that works in the opposite direction from the normal supply response and may result in relative supply being downward-sloping. We analyze the effects of trade and show that under some conditions trade may reduce welfare. Finally, we study the effects of trade on income distribution and inequality.

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  • Chesnokova, Tatyana & Krishna, Kala, 2009. "Skill acquisition, credit constraints, and trade," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 18(2), pages 227-238, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:reveco:v:18:y:2009:i:2:p:227-238
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    Keywords

    Credit constraint Skill formation;

    JEL classification:

    • F16 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade and Labor Market Interactions
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
    • O16 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance

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