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Inequality and the import demand function

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  • Antonis Adam
  • Margarita Katsimi
  • Thomas Moutos

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In this paper we assess the empirical importance of changes in inequality on the demand for imports by examining panel data for 59 developing and developed countries for the 1970-1997 period. We find significant evidence supporting that inequality has a large influence on the demand for imports. Moreover we find that this influence is positive for high-income countries (countries that mainly produce and export high quality varieties of vertically differentiated products) and negative for low-income countries (countries that produce and export low-quality varieties of vertically differentiated products). These findings are explained by developing a model of trade in vertically differentiated products. Copyright 2012 Oxford University Press 2011 All rights reserved, Oxford University Press.

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  • Antonis Adam & Margarita Katsimi & Thomas Moutos, 2012. "Inequality and the import demand function," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 64(4), pages 675-701, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:oxecpp:v:64:y:2012:i:4:p:675-701
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