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

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  • 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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