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Breaks in the Chain of Comparative Advantage

  • Choi, E. Kwan
  • Thompson, Henry

The chain proposition of comparative advantage states that when factor prices differ between two countries producing many products with two factors, every export of the capital abundant country would be more capital intensive than any of its imports. The present note points out that an economy has the option to break the chain to reach full employment if its factor endowment is not spanned by the production cone of the more intensive products.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 31264.

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Date of creation: 04 Apr 2010
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Publication status: Published in International Review of Economics and Finance, April 2010, vol. 19 no. 2, pp. 346-348
Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:31264
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