## Estimating the Relative Demand for Skilled Labor

Summarizing our argument so far, the decision of companies to purchase intermediate inputs from overseas will most certainly affect their employment at home, and can be expected to differentially affect skilled versus unskilled workers. With firms in industrial countries facing a higher relative wage for unskilled labor than that found abroad, the activities that are outsourced would be those that use a large amount of unskilled labor, such as assembly of components and other repetitive tasks....

## Issues With Factor Prices In Economics

3.1 In the sector-specific model, suppose that the home and foreign countries have identical labor and capital in sector 2, but the home country has more capital in sector 1. Technologies and tastes are the same across countries. (a) Can we predict the trade pattern between the countries What factor(s) at home benefit from the opening of trade, and which factor(s) lose (b) Repeat part (a), but now assume that the endowments of capital are identical across the countries, but the home country has...

## Partial Tests of the HOV Theorem

The statement of the HOV Theorem in (2.1) tells us immediately how a complete test of the theory should by performed simply compute the left-hand side (using data on trade Ti and technology A), compute the right-hand side (using data on endowments Vi and Vw), and compare them. Depending on how well they match up, we can judge whether the Theorem is an empirical success or not. This complete test requires both trade and endowments data for many countries, and technology data for at least one...

## Factor Price Equalization

We have already illustrated the gradient vectors aiL, aiK to the iso-cost curves in Figures 1.5 and 1.6. Now let us take these vectors and re-graph them, in Figures 1.7 and 1.8. In the simpler case of Figure 1.7, we have a single equilibrium for factor prices and a single set of labor and capital requirements a1L, a1K and a2L, a2K . Multiplying each of these by the output of their respective industries, we obtain the total labor and capital demands y1 a1L, a1K and y2 a2L, a2K . Summing these as...

## Lemma Factor Price Insensitivity

So long as both goods are produced, and factor intensity reversals FIR do not occur, then each price vector p1, p2 corresponds to unique factor prices w, r . This is a remarkable result, because it says that the factor endowments L, K do not matter for the determination of w, r . We can contrast this result with a one-sector economy, with production of y f L, K , wages of w pfL, and diminishing marginal product fLL lt 0. In this case, any increase in the labor endowments would certainly reduce...