Individual Preferences for Trade Partners in Taiwan

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Jin‐Tan Liu

National Taiwan University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Tsai‐Wei Wen

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: March 2013

Abstract

This article investigates economic factors and non‐economic factors of individual attitudes toward free‐trade agreements with different countries. Based on the Stolper–Samuelson theorem, highly skilled workers in Taiwan should be more supportive of free trade with China and less supportive of free trade with the United States than should unskilled workers in Taiwan. Using survey data from Taiwan, we find that highly educated people in Taiwan are more supportive of free trade with both the United States and China, and the effects of education are much stronger with respect to free trade with China. We also find that individual risk attitudes, national identity, and ethnicity play important roles in explaining trade preferences.

Suggested Citation

Liu, Jin-Tan and Wen, Tsai‐Wei, Individual Preferences for Trade Partners in Taiwan (March 2013). Economics & Politics, Vol. 25, Issue 1, pp. 91-109, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2213138 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecpo.12000

Jin-Tan Liu (Contact Author)

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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Tsai‐Wei Wen

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