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The "Collapse in Quality" Hypothesis

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  • Andrei A. Levchenko
  • Logan T. Lewis
  • Linda L. Tesar

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This paper evaluates the hypothesis that during the 2008-2009 collapse in international trade, imports of higher quality goods experienced larger reductions compared to low-quality imports, using data on US imports disaggregated by HS-10 product category and source country. We find little, if any, robust econometric evidence in support of this hypothesis.

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  • Andrei A. Levchenko & Logan T. Lewis & Linda L. Tesar, 2011. "The "Collapse in Quality" Hypothesis," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 101(3), pages 293-297, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:101:y:2011:i:3:p:293-97
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    1. Rudolfs Bems & Julian di Giovanni, 2016. "Income-Induced Expenditure Switching," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 106(12), pages 3898-3931, December.
    2. Lugovskyy, Volodymyr & Skiba, Alexandre, 2016. "Positive and negative effects of distance on export prices," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 127(C), pages 155-181.
    3. Bussière, Matthieu & Chudik, Alexander & Sestieri, Giulia, 2009. "Modelling global trade flows: results from a GVAR model," Working Paper Series 1087, European Central Bank.
    4. Okubo, Toshihiro & Kimura, Fukunari & Teshima, Nozomu, 2014. "Asian fragmentation in the Global Financial Crisis," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 31(C), pages 114-127.
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