International Trade Theory and Policy
by Steven M. Suranovic

Trade 70

Trade 70

Trade Problem Set 70 2-1

1. Suppose two countries, Brazil and Argentina, can be described by an Immobile Factor Model. Assume they each produce wheat and chicken using labor as the only input. Suppose the two countries move from autarky to free trade with each other. Assume the terms of trade change in each country as indicated below. In the remaining boxes, indicate the effect of free trade on the variables listed in the first column in both Brazil and Argentina. You do not need to show your work. Use the following notation:

+    the variable increases
-    the variable decreases
0    the variable does not change
A    the variable change is ambiguous (i.e. it may rise, it may fall)

  in Brazil in Argentina
Pc/Pw +

-

Output of wheat    
Output of chicken    
exports of wheat    
imports of wheat    
real wage of chicken workers in terms of chicken    
real wage of chicken workers in terms of wheat    
real wage of wheat workers in terms of chicken    
real wage of wheat workers in terms of wheat    

 

International Trade Theory and Policy - Chapter 70: Last Updated on 1/06/08