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The Factor Content of Trade

Donald R. Davis, David E. Weinstein

NBER Working Paper No. 8637
Issued in December 2001
NBER Program(s):   ITI

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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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w8637

Published: J. Choi, Harrigan (eds.) The Handbook of International Trade. London: Blackwell, 2003.

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