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What Good Do Countries Trade? New Ricardian Predictions

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  • Costinot, Arnaud
  • Komunjer, Ivana

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Though one of the pillars of the theory of international trade, the extreme predictions of the Ricardian model have made it unsuitable for empirical purposes. A seminal contribution of Eaton and Kortum (2002) is to demonstrate that random productivity shocks are sufficient to make the Ricardian model empirically relevant. While successful at explaining trade volumes, their model remains silent with regards to one important questions: What goods to countries trade? Our main contribution is to generalize their approach and provide and empirically meaningful answer to this question.

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  • Costinot, Arnaud & Komunjer, Ivana, 2006. "What Good Do Countries Trade? New Ricardian Predictions," University of California at San Diego, Economics Working Paper Series qt9t9818ng, Department of Economics, UC San Diego.
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    Keywords

    Random Productivity Shocks; Ricardian Comparative Advantage; Predictions of Trade Patterns;

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    • F10 - International Economics - - Trade - - - General

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