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I am getting thrown off by absolute advantage:

Boston:
Red Socks per worker per hour 3
White Socks per worker per hour 3

Chicago:
Red Socks per worker per hour 2
White Socks per worker per hour 1

A) Without trade, what is the price of white socks (in terms of red socks) in Boston? What is the price in Chicago?

This is my answer to this question:

Boston:
3 White Socks=3 Red Socks
1 White Sock=1 Red Sock

Chicago:
1 White sock=2 Red Socks
.5 White Sock=1 Red Sock

The next question is what is what I am having trouble with:

B)Which city has an absolute advantage in the production of each color sock? Whick city has a comparative advantage it ehe productions of each color sock?

This is my answer:

Boston has the absolute advantage in the production of white socks. Neither city has an absolute advantage in the production of red socks.

Chicago has a comparative advantage in the production of white and red socks.

I am not sure I am answering correctly.

  • Economics - ,

    Boston has an absolute advantage in producing both red socks and white socks. For red, a worker in Boston can produce 3 for every 2 a Chicago worker can (3>2). For white, a Boston worker can produce 3 for every 1 a Chicago worker can (3>1).

    Chicago has a comparitive advantage in producing red socks only. In Chicago, the opportunity cost to produce one red is .5 white while in Boston the opportunity cost to produce 1 red is 1 white.
    So, Boston has a compartitive advantage in producing white socks. In Boston, the opportunity cost to produce 1 white is 1 red. While in Chicago, the opportunity cost of producing 1 white is 2 reds.

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