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The Geography of UK International Trade


  • Overman, Henry G
  • Winters, L. Alan


This Paper examines how the geography of UK international trade has changed since the UK’s accession to the European Economic Community using a newly constructed dataset that gives a detailed breakdown of the UK’s imports and exports by both port of entry and exit, and commodity. Our results suggest that between 1970 and 1992 overall imports and exports re-orientated in favour of ports located nearer to the continent. The vast majority of individual commodities also saw a similar re-orientation.

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  • Overman, Henry G & Winters, L. Alan, 2004. "The Geography of UK International Trade," CEPR Discussion Papers 4259, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:4259

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    economic geography; eec; uk trade;

    JEL classification:

    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)

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