Performing Comparative Advantage: The Case of the Global Coffee Business
Frankfurt School of Finance and Management
Durham University - Business School
June 1, 2011
We posit that comparative advantage is discovered via alternative transactional regimes of trading. Transactional regimes are performative, based on different forms of embedded agency. The theory is applied on a study of Brazilian coffee business which manifests the increasing importance of specialty coffee. Innovations in the transactional regime have created new forms of agency which triggered new ways to produce coffee and to activate the hidden potential of variety in consumer tastes. Comparative advantage, though still driven by endowments with natural resources, relates with very different product characteristics and forms of market organization. This constitutes the performativity of comparative advantage.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 38
Keywords: comparative advantage, trading, transactional regimes, performativity, coffee
JEL Classification: B52, F10, F14, O10working papers series
Date posted: June 2, 2011
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