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The Trade Unit Values Database

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  • Antoine Berthou
  • Charlotte Emlinger

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Trade unit values are commonly used as proxies for trade prices in empirical research in international economics. Existing datasets providing international trade unit values for a large number of countries typically suffer from a number of statistical biases, due to the aggregation of unit values and the harmonization of quantity information. These biases reduce the reliability of unit values as a proxy for trade prices. This paper presents the Trade Unit Values dataset, a new database developed to circumvent these statistical issues. Bilateral trade unit values are computed at a very high level of disaggregation before aggregation into Harmonized-System 6-digits categories to allow for cross-country comparability. Our processing strategy improves the differentiation of trade prices within product categories, as compared to existing worldwide datasets. A simple econometric analysis shows that unit values in our database are well explained by economic aggregates.

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  • Antoine Berthou & Charlotte Emlinger, 2011. "The Trade Unit Values Database," Working Papers 2011-10, CEPII research center.
  • Handle: RePEc:cii:cepidt:2011-10
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    Keywords

    UNIT VALUE; TRADE PRICE; INTERNATIONAL TRADE;

    JEL classification:

    • E3 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles
    • F1 - International Economics - - Trade
    • F4 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance

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