Labor Markets and International Trade: Testing the Heckscher-Ohlin Trade Theory with a Natural Experiment

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Early Career Research Award


Following the outbreak of the Second Intifada in 2000, the commuting of Palestinians from the West Bank into Israel, which was previously practiced by over 25% of the West Bank labor force, was greatly reduced. This change effectively increased the local labor supply in the West Bank by about 20% in an extremely short time. Trade in goods from and into the West Bank, however, was not interrupted. The goal of this project is to study the changes to production, wages, and trade patterns, that resulted from this change, in order to test the predictions of the Heckscher-Ohlin theory.

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Testing the Heckscher-Ohlin-Vanek Theory with a Natural Experiment
Upjohn Institute Working Paper No. 15-243, 2015

Testing the Heckscher-Ohlin-Vanek Theory with a Natural Experiment
Research Seminar in International Economics, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, The University of Michigan, Discussion Paper No. 642, 2015

Zimring, Assaf. 2019. "Testing the Heckscher-Ohlin-Vanek theory with a natural experiment." Canadian Journal of Economics 52(1): 58-92.