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A World Trade Model with Bilateral Trade Based on Comparative Advantage

Anders Hammer Strømman and Faye Duchin
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Anders Hammer Strømman: Norwegian University of Science & Technology Department of Energy and Process Technology, Industrial Ecology Program H¿yskoleringen 5, 7491 Trondheim, Norway

Rensselaer Working Papers in Economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper describes an extension of Duchin's World Trade Model to include the explicit representation of transportation costs, permitting the endogenous determination of bilateral trade °ree;ows and region-specific prices. The original model is a linear program that, based on comparative advantage and the minimization of factor use, determines regional production and trade °ree;ows as well as world prices and scarcity rents for m regions, n goods, s transportation sectors, and k factors. The new World Trade Model with Bilateral Trade achieves its objectives by introducing transportation services and geographically dependent transportation requirements for each traded good and each pair of potential trade partners. The formulation of this model and its major properties are presented, and results from a preliminary analysis with 11 regions, 8 goods, 4 transportation sectors, and 6 factors of production are reported and compared with corresponding results from the World Trade Model.

JEL-codes: F19 C61 C67 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2005-06, Revised 2006-06
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