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Individual Attitudes Towards Trade: Stolper-Samuelson Revisited

Ina Jäkel () and Marcel Smolka

Open Economies Review, 2013, vol. 24, issue 4, 761 pages

Abstract: Using the 2007 wave of the Pew Global Attitudes Project, this paper finds statistically significant and economically large Stolper-Samuelson effects in individuals’ preference formation towards trade policy. High-skilled individuals are substantially more pro-trade than low-skilled individuals in high-skilled labor abundant countries, and vice versa in a considerable share of low-skilled labor abundant countries. Our novel international survey data combine a number of desirable features which allow us to paint a more distinct and thus more convincing picture of the role of the Heckscher-Ohlin model in shaping free trade attitudes, relative to existing literature. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Keywords: Trade policy; Voter preferences; Political economy; Heckscher-Ohlin trade theory; F11; F13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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DOI: 10.1007/s11079-012-9263-3

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