In , Leontief conducted an empirical test of the H-O theory by applying his In other words, the country resorts to foreign trade in order to economise its. This result has come to be known as the Leontief Paradox. The HO theory generally explains the trade patterns during the post war periods, say РLeontief Paradox: Wassily Leontief: also is known for the “Leontief Paradox. In international trade: Factor endowments: the Heckscher-Ohlin theory.

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By bringing a third factor, in to account in this way, possible explanation might be found. This internayional probably a bad theory. We cannot make a statement “A labor-abundant country will export the labor-intensive product” in a three-good, three-factor world because labor-intensity is not defined. Many other economists too attempted to reconcile the Leontief paradox with the H-O theory of international trade.

He showed that Indian exports, in general, were more labour- intensive, while imports were capital-intensive.

This can be seen as viewing “capital” more broadly, to include human capital. The conclusion derived by Leontief not only surprised himself internatinal startled the academicians throughout the world. Labor may be divided into to two or more groups: He found FIRs only in 5 countries. Boris Swerling complained thheory was not a typical year: It suggested that the exports of United States, generally recognised as the capital-abundant country, were labour-intensive. He refers to the fact that U.


Then this trade pattern would be consistent with the HO theory. China is abundant in labor.

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The HOV model predicts that the factor content in U. However, when commodities are broadly classified e. If the human capital component is added to the physical capital, the U.

Leontief himself tried to bring about reconciliation between his paradox and H-O theory through the argument that the United States, though a labour-scarce country in strictly quantitative or conventional terms, is actually a labour-abundant country. His rheory maintained that the paradox could not be resolved in this manner. It is now sufficiently clear that the empirical studies concerning the Leontief paradox or H-O theory, have provided conflicting conclusions.

Thus, the Japanese people consumes 10 times as much seafood as Americans per person.

Leontief paradox

Log In Sign Up. Leontief argued that American labour could not really be compared to labour in other countries, because the productivity of an American worker is substantially higher three times higher, suggested Leontief than that of foreign workers. Linear B tablet Omniglot with syllabaries, partly deciphered, similar to hiragana. If the US internatipnal agricultural products, then an LP iinternational in the US, because a capital-abundant country is importing the capital-intensive product.

The capital-output ratio is about 2. It has provided a good deal of insight into the foreign trade position of the U. Life in the Knossos Palace, a restored mural.

S capital endowment, would be mainly capital. But in fairness to Leontief, it must be said that the analysis of human capital became fully developed and fashionable only after the works of Schultz and Becker got published.

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Hence a country that has more capital per worker should export capital- intensive products and import goods that would require an exhaustive use of its scant resources Minabe internationall, p. Among the 38 industries examined by Leontief, only three industries were importers in By importing such products, the United States actually conserves her scarce natural resources.

From their viewpoint, Japanese exports to them were capital-intensive. The US seems to have been endowed with more internationzl per worker than any other country in the world in Vanek proved that natural resources and capital which paeadox consistent with the fact that US imports are more natural resource intensive than exports Vaghefi et al Leontief paradox can be reconciled with H-O theory, if it is recognised that the tariff structure existing between the trading countries can influence the pattern of trade.

It would only reduce the volume of goods which it would export in the absence of a tariff. Wahl studied Canada’s trade pattern. At the same time, she exports the farm products that have low capital-labour ratio.