DIscussion due at 3pm pacific time on 8/4/2017, questions due on 8/6/17


absolute and comparative advantage are defined and explained with the use of examples. One source of comparative advantage is a pure technological difference between countries. What are some other differences that might drive comparative advantage? Provide concrete examples from countries that are familiar to you.  200 words.

Question 1

  1. The theories of absolute and comparative advantage focus on production efficiency or productivity. Despite their powerful predictive capabilities, these theories are limited. What are the considerations that might limit the extent to which these theories are realistic? Your response should be at least 100 words in length.

Question 2

  1. In the 1980s (and to a certain degree again today), many people (mostly blue-collar workers rather than professionals and highly educated workers) recommended restrictions on imports. Is this a shortsighted policy or a rational one in view of the interests of union members? How does the answer depend on the model of trade? Your response should be at least 100 words in length.

Question 3

  1. How does the existence of non-tradeable goods affect the extent of potential gains from trade? Your response should be at least 100 words in length.

Question 4

  1. Consider the following table on labor hours needed to produce one unit of output for two different goods in two different countries:

     United StatesFranceComputer6050Wine2025

    1. The opportunity cost of a computer in France is __________.
    2. The opportunity cost of a computer in the United States is __________.
    3. The opportunity cost of one unit of wine in France is __________.
    4. The opportunity cost of one unit of wine in the United States is __________.
    5. France possesses comparative advantage in the production of __________.
    6. The United States possesses comparative advantage in the production of __________.

You answer should be at least 100 words

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