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The Distance Puzzle: On the Interpretation of the Distance Coefficient in Gravity Equations

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  • Claudia Buch

    (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen = Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen)

  • Jörn Kleinert

    (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen = Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen)

  • Farid Toubal

    (TEAM - Théories et Applications en Microéconomie et Macroéconomie - UP1 - Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

Abstract

Although globalization has diminished the importance of distance, empirical gravity models find little change in distance coefficients. We argue that changing distance costs are largely reflected in the constant term. A proportional fall in distance costs is consistent with constant distance coefficients.

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  • Claudia Buch & Jörn Kleinert & Farid Toubal, 2004. "The Distance Puzzle: On the Interpretation of the Distance Coefficient in Gravity Equations," Post-Print hal-00311582, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-00311582
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2003.10.022
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    Keywords

    Distance coefficients; Gravity equations; Globalization;
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    JEL classification:

    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • F0 - International Economics - - General

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