The Gravity Equation in International Economics and International Business Research: A Note
AbstractThis note discusses methodological issues and practical concerns for international economists and international business scholars who apply the gravity equation in their research. The most important message of the note is that this equation should correct for multilateral resistance factors. We propose a relatively low-cost specification and estimation to implement such correction, which is robust in the presence of various endogeneity effects and non-stationary variables. In the presence of zero-values in the dataset, however, the multilateral specification is best estimated with a Poisson maximum likelihood.
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gravity equation; international trade; foreign direct investment; methodology;
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- C1 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General
- F1 - International Economics - - Trade
- F2 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business
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- NEP-ALL-2010-08-14 (All new papers)
- NEP-ECM-2010-08-14 (Econometrics)
- NEP-INT-2010-08-14 (International Trade)
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