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Financial Constraints, the Distribution of Wealth and International Trade

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  • Emmanuel Amissah
  • Spiros Bougheas
  • Rod Falvey

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We develop a simple theoretical model to examine the impact of the distribution of wealth on the patterns of trade when capital markets are imperfect. Our model predicts that the dispersion of wealth can be a determinant of comparative advantage for low-income countries with poor financial institutions. We find support for these prediction using export and financial panel data from a large sample of countries.

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Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal The World Economy.

Volume (Year): 34 (2011)
Issue (Month): (05)
Pages: 707-724

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Handle: RePEc:bla:worlde:v:34:y:2011:i::p:707-724

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  1. Spiros Bougheas & Rod Falvey, 2014. "The Impact of Financial Constraints and Wealth Inequality on International Trade Flows, Capital Movements and Entrepreneurial Migration," Discussion Papers 2014-04, University of Nottingham, GEP.
  2. Duong, Tran Lam Anh, 2013. "An Analysis of Changes in Wealth Distribution upon the Entrance of Foreign Direct Investment Firms," Discussion Papers 2013-09, Graduate School of Economics, Hitotsubashi University.

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