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Financial Constraints, the Distribution of Wealth and International Trade

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  • Emmanuel Amissah
  • Spiros Bougheas
  • Rod Falvey

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We develop a simple theoretical model to examine the impact of the distribution of wealth on the patterns of trade when capital markets are imperfect. Our model predicts that the dispersion of wealth can be a determinant of comparative advantage for low-income countries with poor financial institutions. We find support for these prediction using export and financial panel data from a large sample of countries.
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  • Emmanuel Amissah & Spiros Bougheas & Rod Falvey, 2011. "Financial Constraints, the Distribution of Wealth and International Trade," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 34, pages 707-724, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:worlde:v:34:y:2011:i::p:707-724
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    1. Spiros Bougheas & Rod Falvey, 2014. "The Impact of Financial Constraints and Wealth Inequality on International Trade Flows, Capital Movements and Entrepreneurial Migration," CESifo Working Paper Series 4775, CESifo Group Munich.
    2. Duong, Tran Lam Anh, 2013. "An Analysis of Changes in Wealth Distribution upon the Entrance of Foreign Direct Investment Firms," Discussion Papers 2013-09, Graduate School of Economics, Hitotsubashi University.
    3. Hiroshi Daisaka & Taiji Furusawa & Noriyuki Yanagawa, 2014. "Globalization, Financial Development and Income Inequality," Pacific Economic Review, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 19(5), pages 612-633, December.

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