The Leontief Paradox, Reconsidered

  title={The Leontief Paradox, Reconsidered},
  author={Edward Leamer},
  journal={Journal of Political Economy},
  pages={495 - 503}
  • Edward Leamer
  • Published 1 June 1980
  • Economics
  • Journal of Political Economy
Using the Heckscher-Ohlin-Vanek model of trade, it is shown that a country is revealed to be relatively well endowed in capital compared with labor if and only if one of the following three conditions holds, where K"x, K"m, L"x, L"m, K"c, L"c are capital and labor embodied in exports, imports, and consumption: (a) K"x - K"m > 0, L"x - L"m < 0; (b) K"x - K"m > 0, L"x - L"m > 0, (K"x - K"m)/(L"x - L"m) > K"c/L"c; (c) K"x - K"m < 0, L"x - L"m < 0, (K"x - K"m)/(L"x - L"m) < K"c/L"c. Leontief's data… 

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