An Australian Contribution to International Trade Theory: The Dependent Economy Model

Phillip Metaxas, Juerg Weber

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Abstract

© 2016 Economic Society of AustraliaThe dependent economy model is also known as the ‘Australian model’ and the ‘Salter–Swan–Corden–Dornbusch model’ but neither title adequately conveys the scope and sequence of contributions that were instrumental to its development. In this paper attention is given to indispensable contributions made by the Australian public servant Roland Wilson and the British economist James Meade. The model's development is placed in the broader context of the evolution of balance of payments theory, and the paper highlights a vital Australian contribution to international trade theory, namely, the identification of the real exchange rate as the critical relative price in balance of payments adjustment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)464-497
JournalEconomic Record
Volume92
Issue number298
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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