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Path Interdependence Among Early and Late Bloomers in a Dynamic Heckscher-Ohlin Model

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  • Gaitan, Beatriz
  • Roe, Terry L.

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The closed economy neoclassical growth model predicts convergence to a capital stock level that is independent of its initial level, suggesting that discrepancies in per capita income among the world’s economies should largely disappear in the long-run. This paper shows that international trade among countries differing only in their level of initial capital is sufficient to generate long-run income differences across countries. The long-run level of capital of the country most initially endowed with capital is shown to exceed the level of capital otherwise obtained in autarchy while the country least endowed converges to a capital stock lower than would otherwise be obtained in autarchy.

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  • Gaitan, Beatriz & Roe, Terry L., 2007. "Path Interdependence Among Early and Late Bloomers in a Dynamic Heckscher-Ohlin Model," Bulletins 7183, University of Minnesota, Economic Development Center.
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    1. Taketo Kawagishi & Kazuo Mino, 2016. "Time Preference and Income Convergence in a Dynamic Heckscher–Ohlin Model," Review of International Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 24(3), pages 592-603, August.
    2. Lechthaler, Wolfgang & Mileva, Mariya, 2013. "Trade liberalization and wage inequality: New insights from a dynamic trade model with heterogeneous firms and comparative advantage," Kiel Working Papers 1886, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
    3. Wolfgang Lechthaler & Mariya Mileva, 2013. "Two-Country Dynamic Model of Trade with Heterogeneous Firms and Comparative Advantage," WWWforEurope Working Papers series 12, WWWforEurope.
    4. Lorenzo Caliendo, 2010. "On the Dynamics of the Hecksher-Ohlin Theory," Working Papers 2010-011, Becker Friedman Institute for Research In Economics.

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    Keywords

    International trade; Development; Multiple Equilibria; International Relations/Trade; O41; F43; F11;

    JEL classification:

    • O41 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models
    • F43 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Economic Growth of Open Economies
    • F11 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Neoclassical Models of Trade

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