Note on a Continuum Multi-Country and International Trade


We provide an analytical solution for the continuum multi-country two-sector Ricardian model of Yanagawa (1996) [1], and obtain additional results that are not observed in the standard two-country two-good Ricardian model. Increases in productivity in each sector results in an increase in the number of countries producing high technology goods and a de- crease in the number of countries producing low technology goods.

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K. Kamei, "Note on a Continuum Multi-Country and International Trade," Theoretical Economics Letters, Vol. 2 No. 2, 2012, pp. 221-225. doi: 10.4236/tel.2012.22040.

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