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International capital mobility, shadow prices and the cost of protection

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  • J. Peter Neary
  • Frances P. Ruane

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This paper studies the welfare losses from tariff protection in a general model of a small open economy where some factors are internationally mobile. It is show that, as long as the economy remains incompletely specialised, international factor mobility must raise the cost of protection. This result is illustrated in the context of the specific-factors and Heckscher-Ohlin models. In addition, its relationship to earlier work on immiserising captial inflows on negative shadow prices for factors of production is examined, which allows us to synthesise a number of recent results within a common framework.

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  • J. Peter Neary & Frances P. Ruane, 1984. "International capital mobility, shadow prices and the cost of protection," Working Papers 198432, School of Economics, University College Dublin.
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