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Empirical foundations for the resurrection of Heckscher-Ohlin theory

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  • Egger, Peter
  • Marshall, Kathryn G.
  • Fisher, Eric O'N.

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We decompose the factor content of trade into Heckscher-Ohlin-Vanek trade and Ricardian trade. We measure factor content using only the United States' technology and also as Leontief advocated, using the local technology. In either case, differences in endowments are quite important in explaining the factor content of trade. If one uses raw estimated coefficients as a means of comparison, differences in endowments are ten times as important as differences in technology.

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  • Egger, Peter & Marshall, Kathryn G. & Fisher, Eric O'N., 2011. "Empirical foundations for the resurrection of Heckscher-Ohlin theory," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 20(2), pages 146-156, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:reveco:v:20:y:2011:i:2:p:146-156
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    1. Rotunno, Lorenzo & Vezina, Pierre-Louis & Ito, Tadashi, 2015. "Heckscher-Ohlin : evidence from virtual trade in value added," IDE Discussion Papers 549, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO).
    2. Kaplan, Lennart C. & Kohl, Tristan & Martínez-Zarzoso, Inmaculada, 2016. "The effects of the CEECS's accession on sectoral trade: A value added perspective," Center for European, Governance and Economic Development Research Discussion Papers 272, University of Goettingen, Department of Economics.
    3. repec:bla:reviec:v:25:y:2017:i:3:p:427-446 is not listed on IDEAS

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