Comparative Advantage Handout

Comparative Advantage Handout - Mexico has a comparative...

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August 29, 2005 Suppose we have two countries, Germany and England, producing two goods, Wine and Cheese. The hours of labor required to produce these goods in each country are given in the table below: Wine (Hours/Bottle) Cheese (Hours/Pound) England 4 6 Germany 6 8 Are there potential gains to trade between these two countries?
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August 29, 2005 Wine (Hours/Bottle) Cheese (Hours/Pound) England 4 6 Germany 6 8 Adam Smith’s View? David Ricardo’s View?
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August 29, 2005 “Enchiladas” “Tacos” 10 10 5 15 5 15 US Mexico M U Consider the graph below, which shows the Production Possibilities Frontiers for Mexico and the U.S. In Autarky: The United States is currently producing and consuming basket U. Mexico is producing and consuming basket M
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August 29, 2005 The U.S. has a comparative advantage in production of ___________.
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Unformatted text preview: Mexico has a comparative advantage in production of ___________. The terms of trade at which these goods are traded will lie between __________ and __________ Tacos/Enchilada. Explain. August 29, 2005 Opponents of free trade often argue that jobs will be lost though trade. For example, when the NAFTA agreement between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada was being negotiated in the early 1990s, presidential candidate Ross Perot warned that a giant sucking sound of jobs being sucked southward would be heard when the agreement was signed. Of course, there was no doubt a Senor Perot in Mexico warning of an impending giant sucking sound of jobs being sucked northward if NAFTA was put in place. Why is argument false?...
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