Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/72332
Authors: 
Neary, J. Peter
Year of Publication: 
2002
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper Series, UCD Centre for Economic Research 02/19
Abstract: 
I explore the interactions between comparative, competitive and absolute advantage in a two-country model of oligopoly in general equilibrium. Comparative advantage always determines the direction of trade, but both competitive and absolute advantage affect resource allocation, trade patterns and trade volumes. Competitive advantage in the sense of more home firms drives foreign firms out of marginal sectors but also makes some marginal home sectors uncompetitive. Absolute advantage in the sense of a uniform fall in home costs tends to raise home output in all sectors but also leads both countries to specialise less in accordance with comparative advantage.
Subjects: 
Comparative and absolute advantage
comparative and competitive advantage
exchange-rate protection
GOLE (General Oligopolistic Equilibrium)
market integration
JEL: 
F10
F12
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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