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The gains from trade in intermediate goods

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This paper develops a model of intermediate and final goods trade based on comparative advantage. Firms endogenously decide whether to produce a final good directly using labour, or indirectly using both labour and intermediate inputs. It is shown that the gains from trade in intermediate and final goods exceeds that from trade in final goods alone. Allowing for decreasing trade and coordination costs results in an endogenous change in the structure of production towards a more fragmented structure, with corresponding implications for trade patterns.

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  • Kwok Tong Soo, 2014. "The gains from trade in intermediate goods," Working Papers 63719205, Lancaster University Management School, Economics Department.
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