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The Factor Content of Trade

  • Donald R. Davis
  • David E. Weinstein

Study of the factor content of trade has become a laboratory to test our ideas about how the key elements of endowments, production, absorption and trade fit together within a general equilibrium framework. Already a great deal of progress has been made in fitting these pieces together. Nevertheless, the existing research raises a great many questions that should help to focus empirical research in the coming years. Among the more pressing issues is a deeper consideration of the role of intermediates, the role of aggregation biases, and of differences in patterns of absorption. This work should provide a more substantial foundation for future policy work developed within a factor content framework.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 8637.

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Date of creation: Dec 2001
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Publication status: published as J. Choi, Harrigan (eds.) The Handbook of International Trade. London: Blackwell, 2003.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:8637
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