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International Trade and Structural Change

  • Dan Ben-David
  • David H. Papell

In light of the substantial movement towards trade liberalization during the postwar period, this paper attempts to determine if, and when, countries experienced statistically significant changes in the paths of their export-GDP and import-GDP ratios. We find that: (1) most trade ratios exhibited a" structural break in their time paths; (2) postbreak trade exceeded prebreak trade for the majority of countries; (3) the coincidence in timing between the import and export breaks does not appear to be particularly strong, and; (4) there is little relation between the extent of changes in imports and the extent of changes in exports for most countries.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 6096.

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Date of creation: Jul 1997
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Publication status: published as Journal of International Economics, vol. 43, December 1997, pp. 513-23.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:6096
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