Paths of Development and Wage VariationsPaths of Development and Wage Variations
In analyzing the relationship between factor endowments and sectoral percapita output (the path of development), Schott (2003) showed empirically that the number of cones was neither one nor three but two, and that all countries fall into one of these two cones. This is a puzzle because it is inconsistent with large wage variations across economies. This paper attempts to solve this puzzle, introducing complete and incomplete specialization into a multiplecone model. Empirical results reveal that factor endowments can explain Heckscher-Ohlin specialization and the wage variations across economies at the same time once the multiple-cone model allows the complete specialization.
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