This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of the Heckscher–Ohlin (HO) proposition. It then sets out the book’s purpose, which is to review both the theoretical development of the basic insights of Heckscher and Ohlin into the modern factor-content trade model and the results of empirical tests of HO models. It devotes particular attention to examining the extent to which the factor-content version of the HO proposition is supported in these empirical tests. It also examines the results from investigating other predictions of HO models, in particular, the search for Stolper–Samuelson, Rybczynski, and factor price equalization effects. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.
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