On the Interaction of Growth, Trade and International Macroeconomics

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Title: On the Interaction of Growth, Trade and International Macroeconomics
Authors: Struck, Clemens C.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/9048
Date: Nov-2017
Abstract: Standard economic theories have severe difficulties in simultaneously explaining a number of key aggregate empirical facts: i) there are substantial differences in capital-labor ratios across time ii) despite continuously increasing capital-labor ratios, both factors still earn non-negligible shares in income iii) labor hours per capita are rather stable amid expanding consumption possibilities iv) price levels are higher in more developed countries v) there are no large gains from factor-proportions trade vi) the world trade-to-output ratio increases over time. I argue that standard economic theories ignore the vast improvements in goods quality and new products. I present an augmented standard model that incorporates these features and jointly rationalizes these six empirical facts.
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. School of Economics
Copyright (published version): 2017 the Author
Keywords: Engel's lawProduct quality and varietiesStructural changeGrowthTradePrice levels
DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/9048
http://hdl.handle.net/10197/9048
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Economics Working Papers & Policy Papers

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