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Developing a multidimensional instrument to measure psychic distance stimuli

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  • Douglas Dow

    (Centre for the Practice of International Trade, Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne, Carlton, Victoria, Australia)

  • Amal Karunaratna

    (School of Commerce, The University of Adelaide, South Australia)

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This paper develops and tests a range of potential psychic distance stimuli including differences in culture, language, religion, education, and political systems. Using trade flows among a set of 38 nations as the dependent variable, it is shown that, whereas the majority of the proposed indicators prove to be statistically significant predictors of trade flows, the most common psychic distance surrogate – a composite measure of Hofstede's cultural dimensions – is not significant. Journal of International Business Studies (2006) 37, 578–602. doi:10.1057/palgrave.jibs.8400221

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  • Douglas Dow & Amal Karunaratna, 2006. "Developing a multidimensional instrument to measure psychic distance stimuli," Journal of International Business Studies, Palgrave Macmillan;Academy of International Business, vol. 37(5), pages 578-602, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:jintbs:v:37:y:2006:i:5:p:578-602
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