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Does Relative Location Matter for Bilateral Trade Flows? An Extension of the Gravity Model

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  • K. Smarzynska, Beata

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    (The World Bank)

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This study extends the gravity model to include a new measure of the trading partners’ location relative to other countries. The proposed measure is close in spirit to the theory of gravity, since it is based on the concept of the world trade center. The measure is statistically significant when the gravity equation is estimated using the intra-OECD trade flows. The results indicate that two countries located at the periphery rely more on bilateral trade than their centrally located counterparts. The study shows that omitting the location measure influences the estimated effects of regional country groupings in a systematic manner.

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Article provided by Center for Economic Integration, Sejong University in its journal Journal of Economic Integration.

Volume (Year): 16 (2001)
Issue (Month): ()
Pages: 379-398

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Handle: RePEc:ris:integr:0170

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Keywords: International Trade; Gravity Model; Regional Integration; Geography;

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  2. Ga�l Raballand, 2003. "Determinants of the Negative Impact of Being Landlocked on Trade: An Empirical Investigation Through the Central Asian Case," Comparative Economic Studies, Palgrave Macmillan, vol. 45(4), pages 520-536, December.
  3. Céline Carrère & Maurice Schiff, 2005. "On the Geography of Trade. Distance is Alive and Well," Revue économique, Presses de Sciences-Po, vol. 56(6), pages 1249-1274.
  4. Carsten Fink & Javorcik,Beata & Mariana Spatareanu, 2003. "Income-related biases in international trade : what do trademark registration data tell us?," Policy Research Working Paper Series 3150, The World Bank.
  5. Lev Freinkman & Evgeny Polyakov & Carolina Revenco, 2004. "Trade Performance and Regional Integration of the CIS Countries," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 14933, July.
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  7. Freinkman, Lev & Polyakov, Evgeny & Revenco, Carolina, 2003. "Armenia’s trade performance in 1995-2002 and the effect of closed borders: a cross-country perspective," MPRA Paper 10065, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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