A practical Heckscher-Ohlin model

Date: May, 2009
ODID Working Paper No. 170
Author(s): Adrian Wood (ODID)

This paper offers a formalisation of the insights of Heckscher and Ohlin that is more consistent with the evidence than standard models, and simple enough to be used for teaching and policy analysis, as well as for research. It describes both the effects of a country's factor endowments on the commodity composition of its trade and the effects of trade-related changes in goods prices on factor prices. The model applies to any numbers of goods or factors. Trade costs, including policy barriers, play a central role in the model, especially by reducing elasticities of demand.

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