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Title:Performing comparative advantage: The case of the global coffee business PDF Logo
Authors:Andriani, Pierpaolo
Herrmann-Pillath, Carsten
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Working paper series // Frankfurt School of Finance & Management 167
Abstract:We posit that comparative advantage is discovered via alternative transactional regimes of trading. Transactional regimes are performative, based on different forms of embedded agency. The theory is applied on a study of Brazilian coffee business which manifests the increasing importance of specialty coffee. Innovations in the transactional regime have created new forms of agency which triggered new ways to produce coffee and to activate the hidden potential of variety in consumer tastes. Comparative advantage, though still driven by endowments with natural resources, relates with very different product characteristics and forms of market organization. This constitutes the performativity of comparative advantage.
Subjects:comparative advantage
trading
transactional regimes
performativity
coffee
JEL:B52
F10
F14
O10
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Frankfurt School - Working Paper Series, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management

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