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Title: Foreign direct investment and international trade in a continuum Ricardian trade model
Authors: Cheng, Leonard Kwok-Hon
Qiu, Larry Dongxiao
Tan, Guofu
Keywords: Technology transfer
Foreign direct investment
Ricardian model
Product cycle
Issue Date: 10-Feb-2003
Abstract: We develop a continuum Ricardian trade model to capture both North-South trade and technology transfer via foreign direct investment (FDI) by multinational enterprises (MNEs). We show that there is a unique range of products produced in the South by MNEs. If the ability of Southern workers in absorbing Northern technology increases, (a) the range of MNE production increases, (b) Northern worker's welfare and Southern workers' welfare change in opposite directions, and (c) the world aggregate welfare increases under certain conditions. This model can also be used to explore issues such as North-South wage gaps, FDI policies and the product cycle.
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