Discussion paper

DP7775 Trade-in-goods and trade-in-tasks: An Integrating Framework

Our paper integrates results from trade-in-task theory into mainstream trade theory by developing trade-in-task analogues to the four famous theorems (Heckscher-Ohlin, factor price equalisation, Stolper-Samuelson, and Rybczynski) and showing the standard gains-from-trade theorem does not hold for trade-in-tasks. We show trade-in-tasks creates intraindustry trade in a Walrasian economy, and derive necessary and sufficient conditions for analyzing the impact of trade-in-tasks on wages and production. Extensions of the integrating framework easily accommodate monopolistic competition and two-way offshoring/trade-in-tasks.


Baldwin, R and F Robert-Nicoud (2010), ‘DP7775 Trade-in-goods and trade-in-tasks: An Integrating Framework‘, CEPR Discussion Paper No. 7775. CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/dp7775