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Estimating the import demand function in the autoregressive distributed lag framework: The case of China

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  • Fengbao Yin

    () (Kobe University)

  • Shigeyuki Hamori

    () (Kobe University)

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This paper uses the concept of cointegration for empirically analyzing the long-run relationship of China's import demand function. The analysis employs the annual data for the sample period from 1978 to 2009. The purpose of this study is to investigate and explain China's import demand functions and provide a more in-depth analysis of China's import behavior. The autoregressive distributed lag (ARDL) and dynamic ordinary least square (DOLS) techniques were used for estimating the long-run coefficients of price and income elasticities. The empirical results from ARDL bound testing approach and Johansen's method of cointegration provide strong evidence of the existence of a long-run stable relationship among the variables included both in the traditional model and the disaggregated expenditure model of import demand. In addition, the disaggregated import demand model estimated in this paper provides a complete description of the determinants of China's imports, and offers empirical results that are significantly different from those obtained in existing studies (Tang, 2003). This is an important finding for resolving the issue of trade imbalance from the perspective of China's policy formulation.

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  • Fengbao Yin & Shigeyuki Hamori, 2011. "Estimating the import demand function in the autoregressive distributed lag framework: The case of China," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 31(2), pages 1576-1591.
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    1. Sadaf Majeed & Abdul Waheed, 2012. "Analyzing the Import Demand Function with Expenditure Components: Evidence from Pakistan," Transition Studies Review, Springer;Central Eastern European University Network (CEEUN), vol. 19(2), pages 245-259, November.
    2. Bernhardt, Thomas, 2016. "South-South trade and South-North trade: which contributes more to development in Asia and South America? Insights from estimating income elasticities of import demand," Revista CEPAL, Naciones Unidas Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL), April.
    3. Gozgor, Giray, 2014. "Aggregated and disaggregated import demand in China: An empirical study," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 43(C), pages 1-8.
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    5. Ertan Oktay & Giray Gozgor, 2013. "Estimation of disaggregated import demand functions for Turkey," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 33(1), pages 575-585.
    6. Francesco Aiello & Graziella Bonanno & Alessia Via, 2015. "New Evidence on Export Price Elasticity from China and Six OECD Countries," China & World Economy, Institute of World Economics and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, vol. 23(6), pages 56-78, November.
    7. Francesco Aiello & Graziella Bonanno & Alessia Via, 2014. "Do Export Price Elasticities Support Tensions In Currency Markets? Evidence From China And Six Oecd Countries," Working Papers 201405, Università della Calabria, Dipartimento di Economia, Statistica e Finanza "Giovanni Anania" - DESF.
    8. Muhammad Ahad & Adeel Ahmad Dar, 2018. "A Dynamic Relationship between Financial Development and Import Demand for Bangladesh: An Evidence from Combine Cointegration and Granger Causality Approach," Global Business Review, International Management Institute, vol. 19(3), pages 543-555, June.
    9. Francesco Aiello & Graziella Bonanno & Alessia Via, 2015. "Again on trade elasticities: evidence from a selected sample of countries," Eurasian Business Review, Springer;Eurasia Business and Economics Society, vol. 5(2), pages 259-287, December.
    10. Bernhardt, Thomas, 2014. "How promising is South-South trade as a contributor to economic development in Asia and South America? Insights from estimating income elasticities of import demand," MPRA Paper 56413, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Keywords

    Import Demand Function; China; ARDL Model; Dynamic OLS; Bounds Test;

    JEL classification:

    • F4 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance
    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development

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