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Trade Costs, Asset Market Frictions, and Risk Sharing

  • Doireann Fitzgerald
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    I use bilateral import data to test for and quantify the importance of trade costs and asset market frictions in explaining the failure of perfect international consumption risk sharing. I find that while frictions in international asset markets significantly impede optimal consumption risk sharing between developed and developing countries over the period 1970-2000, developed countries are close to optimal risk sharing with each other. Trade costs, in contrast, significantly impede risk sharing for all countries. (JEL E21, E44, F14, F41, G15)

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    Volume (Year): 102 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 6 (October)
    Pages: 2700-2733

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