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The Discipline of International Trade

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International economics has distinguishing characteristics which make it a unique sub-field in economics. It is vitally concerned with the co-existence of markets with overlapping domains - some markets are national and some international, with different rules applicable to residents of different countries. This paper describes various ways in which these markets interact, and how such basic propositions as factor-price equalization emerge as core results of the theory. Countries wish to preserve some control over certain markets, e.g. labor markets and a variety of services. As a consequence, free trade in all markets is not "optimal", even for a small country.

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  • Ronald W. Jones, 1995. "The Discipline of International Trade," Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics (SJES), Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics (SSES), vol. 131(III), pages 273-288, September.
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    1. Casella, Alessandra & Rauch, James E., 2002. "Anonymous market and group ties in international trade," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 58(1), pages 19-47, October.
    2. Ronald Jones & Sugata Marjit, 2009. "Competitive trade models and real world features," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 41(1), pages 163-174, October.
    3. Kikuchi, Toru & Long, Ngo Van, 2012. "A decomposition of Ricardian trade gains," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 21(1), pages 173-176.

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