Transfers, Non-Traded Goods, and Unemployment: An Analysis of the Keynes - Ohlin Debate

29 Pages Posted: 26 Nov 2005

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Steven Brakman

University of Groningen - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Charles van Marrewijk

Utrecht University - School of Economics

Date Written: November 2005

Abstract

In the famous debate between Keynes and Ohlin on the transfer problem, the interaction between non-traded goods and unemployment complicates the analysis considerably. We analyze these issues using four different models to conclude that Keynes's concern regarding the large burden imposed on Germany was justified. Simultaneously, we show that Ohlin's presumption that a transfer does not affect the donor's terms-of-trade either favourably or unfavourably was also justified. Moreover, Ohlin was also right in asserting that a transfer tends to lower the price of non-traded goods for the donor and raise them for the recipient.

JEL Classification: B0, F0, O1

Suggested Citation

Brakman, Steven and van Marrewijk, Charles, Transfers, Non-Traded Goods, and Unemployment: An Analysis of the Keynes - Ohlin Debate (November 2005). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 1588. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=854926

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