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The gains from trade revisited


  • Soo, Kwok Tong


This paper revisits the issue of whether countries gain more from trading with countries that are similar to themselves, or with countries that are different. A model based on relative endowment and technological differences across countries is developed. The main result is that a country may experience a region of increasing gains from trade as its trading partner becomes more similar to itself in terms of relative endowments. The model also predicts that for countries with sufficiently similar relative endowments, both factors of production may experience gains from trade.

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  • Soo, Kwok Tong, 2011. "The gains from trade revisited," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 20(2), pages 193-201, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:reveco:v:20:y:2011:i:2:p:193-201

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    1. Tong Soo, Kwok, 2009. "Relative Endowments and the Volume of Trade," Journal of Economic Integration, Center for Economic Integration, Sejong University, vol. 24, pages 744-764.
    2. Davis, Donald R., 1995. "Intra-industry trade: A Heckscher-Ohlin-Ricardo approach," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 39(3-4), pages 201-226, November.
    3. Krugman, Paul R, 1981. "Intraindustry Specialization and the Gains from Trade," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 89(5), pages 959-973, October.
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