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External Imbalances and the Extensive Margin of Trade

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  • Vahagn Galstyan
  • Philip R. Lane

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We quantify the role of the extensive margin in the recent trade dynamics of selected countries that are running large and persistent trade imbalances. We find that the role of the extensive margin is quite substantial, although it varies in significance across the countries in the sample. Finally, we highlight differences in behaviour between the fixed-varieties and varieties-adjusted terms of trade. Copyright 2008 The Authors Journal compilation 2008 Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena SpA.

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Volume (Year): 37 (2008)
Issue (Month): 3 (November)
Pages: 241-257

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  1. Hamano Masashige, 2012. "International equity and bond positions in a DSGE model with variety risk in consumption," CREA Discussion Paper Series 12-05, Center for Research in Economic Analysis, University of Luxembourg.
  2. Masashige Hamano, 2011. "The Harrod-Balassa-Samuelson effect and endogenous extensive margins," CREA Discussion Paper Series 11-21, Center for Research in Economic Analysis, University of Luxembourg.
  3. Benkovskis , Konstantins & Wörz , Julia, 2013. "What drives the market share changes? Price versus non-price factors," BOFIT Discussion Papers 18/2013, Bank of Finland, Institute for Economies in Transition.
  4. Masashige Hamano, 2013. "The consumption-real exchange rate anomaly with extensive margins," CREA Discussion Paper Series 13-01, Center for Research in Economic Analysis, University of Luxembourg.
  5. Philip R. Lane, 2011. "External Imbalances and Macroeconomic Policy in New Zealand," The Institute for International Integration Studies Discussion Paper Series iiisdp376, IIIS.
  6. Philip R. Lane, 2013. "External imbalances and macroeconomic policy," New Zealand Economic Papers, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 47(1), pages 53-70, April.
  7. Corsetti, Giancarlo & Martin, Philippe & Pesenti, Paolo, 2013. "Varieties and the transfer problem," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 89(1), pages 1-12.
  8. Anna Watson, 2010. "The Impact of Trade Integration and Competition on Real and Nominal Price Rigidities: Insights from a New-Keynesian DSGE Model," DEGIT Conference Papers c015_061, DEGIT, Dynamics, Economic Growth, and International Trade.
  9. Vahagn Galstyan, 2011. "Productivities, Trade, and Relative Prices in a Ricardian World," The Institute for International Integration Studies Discussion Paper Series iiisdp359, IIIS.

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