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Factor Growth and Equalized Factor Prices
International Review of Economics and Finance
  • E. Kwan Choi, Iowa State University
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This paper considers two simple questions relating to the Heckscher–Ohlin model: (i) How does factor growth affect the terms of trade between the North and the South? (ii) If factor prices are equalized by trade, at what levels are they equalized? Regardless of where it occurs, labor growth improves the terms of trade of the capital-abundant region, whereas capital growth has the opposite effect. Equalized factor prices are “less” than a convex combination of autarky factor prices. A numerical example using Cobb-Douglas production and utility functions illustrates the propositions.

NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in International Review of Economics and Finance. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in International Review of Economics and Finance 17 (2008), doi:10.1016/j.iref.2007.03.001.

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E. Kwan Choi. "Factor Growth and Equalized Factor Prices" International Review of Economics and Finance Vol. 17 Iss. 4 (2008) p. 517 - 528
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