# Alpha and Beta, two tiny islands off the east coast of Tricoli, produce pearls and pineapples….

Alpha and Beta, two tiny islands off the east coast of Tricoli, produce pearls and pineapples. The following production possibilities schedules describe their potential output in tons per year:

 Alpha Beta Pearls Pineapples Pearls Pineapples 0 30 0 20 2 25 10 16 4 20 20 12 6 15 30 8 8 10 40 4 10 5 45 2 12 0 50 0

a) Suppose Alpha is currently producing 6 tons of pearls and 15 tons of pineapples. If Alpha agrees to trade with Beta at a one for one exchange rate (e.g. one ton of pearls for one ton of pineapples), what would be Alpha’s gains from trade? Assume that each country focuses production according to its comparative advantage and that Alpha will continue to consume 15 tons of pineapples.

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1.) Alpha will gain___ tons of pearls and___ tons of pineapples

(b) Suppose Beta had been producing 30 tons of pearls and 8 tons of pineapples. What would be its gains from this trade? Assume that each country focuses production according to its comparative advantage and that Alpha will continue to consume 15 tons of pineapples.
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2.) Beta will gain___ tons of pearls and___ tons of pineapples

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