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The language effect in international trade: A meta-analysis

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  • Egger, Peter H.
  • Lassmann, Andrea

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Gravity models of international trade have been frequently applied to estimate the impact of common (official or spoken) language on bilateral trade. This study provides a meta-analysis based on 701 language effects collected from 81 academic articles. On average, a common (official or spoken) language increases trade flows directly by 44%.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 116 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 221-224

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:116:y:2012:i:2:p:221-224

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Keywords: Common language; Gravity; International trade; Trade costs;

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  1. Peter Egger & Andrea Lassmann, 2011. "The Language Effect in International Trade: A Meta-Analysis," CESifo Working Paper Series 3682, CESifo Group Munich.
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  1. Mélitz, Jacques & Toubal, Farid, 2012. "Native language, spoken language, translation and trade," CEPR Discussion Papers 8994, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  2. Bassem Kahouli & Anis Omri & Anissa Chaibi, 2014. "Environmental Regulations, Trade, and Foreign Direct Investment: Evidence from Gravity Equations," Working Papers 2014-189, Department of Research, Ipag Business School.
  3. Ogundari, Kolawole & Abdulai, Awudu, 2012. "A meta-analysis of the response of calorie demand to income changes," 2012 Conference, August 18-24, 2012, Foz do Iguacu, Brazil 123287, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
  4. Peter Egger & Andrea Lassmann, 2014. "Cultural Integration and Export Variety Overlap Across Countries," CESifo Working Paper Series 4800, CESifo Group Munich.
  5. Peter Egger & Andrea Lassmann, 2011. "The Language Effect in International Trade: A Meta-Analysis," CESifo Working Paper Series 3682, CESifo Group Munich.
  6. Jan Hanousek & Evžen Kočenda, 2013. "Factors of trade in Europe," Working Papers 333, Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung (Institute for East and South-East European Studies).
  7. Jonathan Timmis, . "The Internet and International Trade in Goods," Discussion Papers 12/03, University of Nottingham, School of Economics.

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