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  • James E. Anderson
  • Yoto V. Yotov

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This paper provides striking confirmation of the restrictions of the structural gravity model of trade. Structural forces predicted by theory explain 95% of the variation of the fixed effects used to control for them in the recent gravity literature, fixed effects that in principle could reflect other forces. This validation opens avenues to inferring unobserved sectoral activity and multilateral resistance variables by equating fixed effects with structural gravity counterparts. Our findings also provide important validation of a host of general equilibrium comparative static exercises based on the structural gravity model.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 17835.

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  2. Jonathan Timmis, . "The Internet and International Trade in Goods," Discussion Papers 12/08, University of Nottingham, GEP.
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