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International Factor Mobility, Minimum Wage Rates, and Factor-Price Equalization: A Synthesis

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  • J. Peter Neary

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This paper examines the behavior of a small open economy facing perfectly elastic supply curves for some of its productive factors. In particular, the paper derives some comparative statics properties of such economies, compares them with the properties of otherwise identical economies in which all factor prices are determined endogenously, and investigates the relationship between factor-price rigidities, factor-price equalization, and the pattern of specialization. Among the new results which are proved, it is shown that, as more and more factor-price rigidities are imposed on an economy, it comes "closer" to a state of factor-price equalization.

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  • J. Peter Neary, 1985. "International Factor Mobility, Minimum Wage Rates, and Factor-Price Equalization: A Synthesis," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 100(3), pages 551-570.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:qjecon:v:100:y:1985:i:3:p:551-570.
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