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A General Test of the Prebisch-Singer Hypothesis

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This paper examines jointly the Prebisch-Singer hypothesis of a long-term decline in the relative price of primary commodities and the appropriate framework in which it is tested. A general model is estimated which nests the univariate and bivariate time-series models used in the past literature. The results suggest that the econometric models estimated in the majority of previous studies strongly support the Prebisch-Singer hypothesis and reject recent findings--that the terms of trade are characterized by infrequent negative shocks--in favor of a long-term negative trend. Copyright 1999 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd

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  • Lutz, Matthias G, 1999. "A General Test of the Prebisch-Singer Hypothesis," Review of Development Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 3(1), pages 44-57, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:rdevec:v:3:y:1999:i:1:p:44-57
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