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International risk sharing and commodity prices

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  • Martin Berka
  • Mario J. Crucini
  • Chih-Wei Wang

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Cole and Obstfeld (1991) exposited a classic result where equilibrium movements in the terms of trade could make ex ante risk-sharing arrangements unnecessary: a unity elasticity of substitution across goods and production specialization. This paper extends their model to N countries and M commodities ( N > M ). Here the terms of trade provides insurance against commodity-specific shocks, not country-specific shocks. Using commodity-level production data at the national level and world commodity prices, we document significant terms of trade variability and positive responses of nation-specific production to terms of trade improvements. The endogenous terms of trade insurance mechanism highlighted in CO is virtually non-existent.

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  • Martin Berka & Mario J. Crucini & Chih-Wei Wang, 2012. "International risk sharing and commodity prices," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 45(2), pages 417-447, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:45:y:2012:i:2:p:417-447
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-5982.2012.01706.x
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