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Intra-national Home Bias: Some Explanations

  • Russell Hillberry
  • David Hummels

Wolf (2000) demonstrates that trade within the U.S. appears substantially impeded by state borders. We revisit this finding with improved data. We show that much intra-national home bias can be explained by wholesaling activity. Shipments by wholesalers are much more localized within states than shipments from manufacturing establishments. Controlling for relative prices and the use of actual, rather than imputed, shipment distances also reduces home bias estimates.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 9022.

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Date of creation: Jun 2002
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Publication status: published as Hillberry, Russell and David Hummels. "Intranational Home Bias: Some Explanations," Review of Economics and Statistics, 2003, v85(4,Nov), 1089-1092.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:9022
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  1. James E. Anderson & Eric van Wincoop, 2000. "Gravity with Gravitas: A Solution to the Border Puzzle," Boston College Working Papers in Economics 485, Boston College Department of Economics.
  2. Volker Nitsch, 2000. "National borders and international trade: evidence from the European Union," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 33(4), pages 1091-1105, November.
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