Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/174476
Authors: 
Alfonso, Cebreros Zurita Carlos
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
Working Papers 2018-01
Abstract: 
This article combines data on trade flows with a novel construction of the distribution of skill in the population, based on the results from the International Adult Literacy Survey of the OECD, to evaluate the empirical importance of the distribution of talent as a determinant of the sectoral pattern of trade. It is found that both the mean and standard deviation of the distribution of skills are significant determinants of the pattern of trade. According to the results, cross-country differences in the distribution of skills explain more of the sectoral pattern of trade than differences in capital stocks and differences in indicators of a country's institutional framework.
Subjects: 
comparative advantage
labor force composition
factor endowments
human capital
JEL: 
F12
F14
F16
J82
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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