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Trade Elasticities

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  • Jean Imbs

    (PSE - Paris School of Economics, PJSE - Paris Jourdan Sciences Economiques - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - ENS Paris - École normale supérieure - Paris - INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales - ENPC - École des Ponts ParisTech - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

  • Isabelle Méjean

    (X-DEP-ECO - Département d'Économie de l'École Polytechnique - X - École polytechnique)

Abstract

Conventional aggregate trade elasticity estimates hardly vary across countries. We introduce an aggregate elasticity that is implied by theory: It is the value that equates the welfare gains from trade as implied by one- and multi-sector versions of the model in Arkolakis et al. (American Economic Review, 102 (2012):94–130). These estimates are predicated on sector-level values for trade elasticites, which we provide at three-digit levels for 28 developed and developing countries. The values for this aggregate elasticity vary greatly across countries, and they do so because of countries' patterns of production and because a given sector-level elasticity displays considerable cross-country heterogeneity.

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  • Jean Imbs & Isabelle Méjean, 2017. "Trade Elasticities," Post-Print halshs-01626805, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-01626805
    DOI: 10.1111/roie.12270
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    6. Harald Oberhofer & Michael Pfaffermayr, 2017. "Estimating the Trade and Welfare Effects of Brexit: A Panel Data Structural Gravity Model," CESifo Working Paper Series 6828, CESifo Group Munich.

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