Internetional Raw Materials Market

As Chapter 8 in this volume discusses, the normative question of pricing natural resources (exhaustible or renewable)

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and Grossman (1982) use à specific-factors model, with one of the commodities (manufacturing) produced in à continuum of stages using capital and labor (the other sector using land and labor) . These stages are arranged such that, as goods-in-process develop towards the final stage, more labor-intensive techniques are required. Thus with two countries, the labor-abundant country will tend to specialize in later stages of the productive spectrum.[3]


They analyze how endowment changes alter the cut-off point, as well as investigating issues related to content protection.[3]


I.II Natural resources


As Chapter 8 in this volume discusses, the normative question of pricing natural resources (exhaustible or renewable) has received much attention in the literature of the past decade. The middle-products approach stresses that some activities, the extraction of natural resources, must take place locally although international trade then allows other countries access to these resources. Obviously, comparative advantage changes over time for countries engaged in exporting exhaustible resource. In early work Vanek (1963) traced through the changing pattern of United States trade in natural resources, and suggested that asymmetries in resource use and availability could account for the Leontief paradox. In à context of multi-level trade, the costs of recourse extraction in one country often depend on the availability of foreign capital. Kemp and Ohyama (1978) have presented à simple model of North - South trade in which South makes use of Northern capital to develop its resources and exports these resources to the North where they are used to produce final commodities. They put their model to use in exploring the normative issue of different degrees of bargaining strength and ability to exploit via export taxes and tariffs in the two regions. But the model also stresses the involvement of capital flows in resource extraction. Schmitz and Helmberger (1979) argue strongly for complementarity between trade in resources and trade in capital, à point also stressed by Williams in his 1929 article. We turn to consider more generally, now, the interaction between trade in goods and trade in factors.[3]


Addendum 1


Siberia is Among Leaders in Raw Materials Markets[5]


Siberia's rating looks more impressive in some groups of goods than its 7-th general placing. Split the whole flow of commercial projects into 9 groups of goods, and for 6 of them Siberia joins the leading three:


Timber and Paper

I Siberia 32.6

II Moscow 19.1

III St.-Petersburg 14.2



I Siberia 20.3

II Urals 13.2

III Moscow 12.3


Chemical Products

I Moscow 17.2

II Siberia 15.7

III St.-Petersburg 11.9


Construction Materials

I Moscow 22.0

II Siberia 14.1

III Urals 5.6



I Moscow 23.6

II Siberia 12.4

III Volga 12.1



I St.-Petersburg 20.9

II Urals 19.6

III Siberia 11.7













  1. «The New Polgrave a dictionary of economic» Editor: J.Eatwell, M.Mmilgate P.Newman

  3. Chair of Raw Material Economy and World Resource Balances Prof. Dr.rer.nat. E. Machens (temporary appointment)

  5. «Positive Theory of International Trade» Editor: R.W. Jones, J.P. Neary (pages 31-37)

  7. «The World Economy History & Prospect» Editor: W.W Rostow (part 52 «The Future of the World Economy» , pages 610-618)

  9. «Siberia is Among Leaders in Raw Materials Markets»Editors: Alexei Alexeev, Andrey Kiselev




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