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International Trade and Local Organization of Production - Two Elementary Propositions


  • Sugata Marjit


This paper argues that international trade should affect local organization of production in a systematic way. By using the standard Heckscher-Ohlin-Samuelson model we show that the export sector is more likely to demonstrate fragmentation, entrepreneurship and outsourcing compared to the import-competing sector in a typical labor abundant country. Liberal trade regime will promote entrepreneurship in general. This is the first elementary proposition. Local outsourcing also establishes a clear link between trade and productivity. This is the second elementary proposition.

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  • Sugata Marjit, "undated". "International Trade and Local Organization of Production - Two Elementary Propositions," Discussion Papers 09/16, University of Nottingham, GEP.
  • Handle: RePEc:not:notgep:09/16

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    1. Elhanan Helpman, 2006. "Trade, FDI, and the Organization of Firms," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 44(3), pages 589-630, September.
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    8. Ronald Jones & Sugata Marjit, 2009. "Competitive trade models and real world features," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 41(1), pages 163-174, October.
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