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Death of distance and the distance puzzle

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  • Lin, Faqin
  • Sim, Nicholas C.S.

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Despite the onset of globalization, year-by-year cross-country regressions of the gravity model usually suggest that the impediment of geographical distance on bilateral trade is rising, and not declining, over time. This effect of distance is dubbed the distance puzzle. In this paper, we argue that prima facie evidence of the distance effect from the year-by-year regressions may not be a good indicator of the true impact of distance on trade.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 116 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 225-228

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:116:y:2012:i:2:p:225-228

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Keywords: Distance puzzle; Year-by-year regression; Extensive margin; Intensive margin;

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Cited by:
  1. Riccardo Chiarucci & Franco Ruzzenenti & Maria I. Loffredo, 2013. "Detecting spatial homogeneity in the world trade web with Detrended Fluctuation Analysis," Papers 1308.0526, arXiv.org, revised Nov 2013.
  2. Yotov, Yoto V., 2012. "A simple solution to the distance puzzle in international trade," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 117(3), pages 794-798.
  3. Chiarucci, Riccardo & Ruzzenenti, Franco & Loffredo, Maria I., 2014. "Detecting spatial homogeneity in the World Trade Web with Detrended Fluctuation Analysis," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 401(C), pages 1-7.
  4. Lin, Faqin, 2013. "Are distance effects really a puzzle?," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 31(C), pages 684-689.
  5. Juyoung Cheong & Do Won Kwak & Kam Ki Tang, 2013. "The Distance Effects on the Intensive and Extensive Margins of Trade Over Time," Discussion Papers Series 488, School of Economics, University of Queensland, Australia.
  6. 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.

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