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Is There a Euro Effect on Trade? An Application of End-of-Sample Structural Break Tests for Panel Data

Whether trade has increased due to the Euro is a question at the heart of lively policy debates and academic research. We revisit the question with a new, more powerful econometric test for end-of-sample breaks to formally identify the timing and duration of the structural break implied by the ÒRose effectÓ on the Euro AreaÕs trade. We find a significant break in 1999Q1 when using a traditional gravity equa- tion, corroborating the general consensus in the literature. However, we find that this break is short lived. Furthermore, we show that the break can be explained both by the marked decrease in real interest rates across the Euro Area and by deepening European institutional integration.

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Paper provided by Economics Section, The Graduate Institute of International Studies in its series IHEID Working Papers with number 04-2006.

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Date of creation: Apr 2006
Date of revision: Apr 2006
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