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The Efficiency of the Global Markets for Final Goods and Productive Capabilities

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  • Georg Strasser

    (Boston College)

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Despite integration of financial and goods markets, borders still impose considerable friction on the flow of goods. This paper shows that a decline in output shock variance might increase the time of mean reversion despite declining border frictions. It also proposes a new method of estimating border cost from time-series data only, without relying on within-country variation. The estimate of border cost builds on nonlinearities in the real exchange rate process. The paper applies this method to the real exchange rate of final goods and a novel measure of the real exchange rate for productive capabilities. Relocation costs differ substantially between final goods and productive capabilities. During the years 1974–2008, a relocation reduces productive capability by 18% for the median country pair, whereas final goods by only 13%.

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2011 Meeting Papers with number 576.

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