Domestic Institutions as a Source of Comparative Advantage

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Nathan Nunn

Harvard University - Department of Economics

Daniel Trefler

University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: February 2013

Abstract

Domestic institutions can have profound effects on international trade. This chapter reviews the theoretical and empirical underpinnings of this insight. Particular attention is paid to contracting institutions and to comparative advantage, where the bulk of the research has been concentrated. We also consider the reverse causation running from comparative advantage to domestic institutions

Suggested Citation

Nunn, Nathan and Trefler, Daniel, Domestic Institutions as a Source of Comparative Advantage (February 2013). NBER Working Paper No. w18851, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2227281

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