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Trading Partners and Trading Volumes: Implementing the Helpman-Melitz-Rubinstein Model Empirically

  • J. M. C. Santos Silva
  • Silvana Tenreyro

Helpman, Melitz, and Rubinstein (2008)-HMR-present a rich theoretical model to study the determinants of bilateral trade flows across countries. The model is then empirically implemented through a two-stage estimation procedure. This note seeks to clarify some econometric aspects of the estimation approach used by HMR and explore the consequences of possible departures from the maintained distributional assumptions.

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Paper provided by Centre for Economic Performance, LSE in its series CEP Discussion Papers with number dp0935.

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Date of creation: Jun 2009
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Handle: RePEc:cep:cepdps:dp0935
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  1. Newey, Whitney K, 1985. "Maximum Likelihood Specification Testing and Conditional Moment Tests," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 53(5), pages 1047-70, September.
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  7. Rubinstein, Yona & Helpman, Elhanan & Melitz, Marc, 2008. "Estimating Trade Flows: Trading Partners and Trading Volumes," Scholarly Articles 3228230, Harvard University Department of Economics.
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