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Empirical Analysis of Import Demand Behavior of Least Developed Countries

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  • Yoichi, Matsubayashi
  • Shigeyuki, Hamori

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This paper examines the long-run stability of import demand function in least developed countries (LDCs) using recently developed panel cointegration techniques. We test for cointegration using two data sets: a) annual data for 15 countries from 1965 to 2004; and b) annual data for 22 countries from 1984 to 2004. We find that cointegration is present and that, indeed, there is a stable import demand function in these economies. The income elasticity ranges from 1.26 to 1.69 and price elasticity ranges from -0.72 to -0.75.

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  • Yoichi, Matsubayashi & Shigeyuki, Hamori, 2009. "Empirical Analysis of Import Demand Behavior of Least Developed Countries," MPRA Paper 17266, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Shigeyuki Hamori & Yoichi Matsubayashi, 2009. "Empirical analysis of export demand behavior of LDCs: Panel cointegration approach," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 29(3), pages 1990-1999.
    2. AYODOTUN, Ayorinde & FARAYIBI, Adesoji, 2016. "An Empirical Analysis of the Structure of Imports in Sub-Sahara Africa," MPRA Paper 73278, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. AYODOTUN, Ayorinde & FARAYIBI, Adesoji, 2016. "Modelling the Determinants of Import Demand in Sub-Sahara Africa," MPRA Paper 73225, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Keywords

    import demand; panel unit root; panel cointegration; LDCs;

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    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics

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