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International Trade Modeling Indices and Measurement Issues


  • Bera, Soumitra Kumar


Trade indices are used to measure different aspects of a country’s participation in world trade. Such indices range from Trade Openness Index (TOI) measuring the degree of openness of a country, to Commodity Concentration Index (CCI) and Revealed Comparative Advantage (RCA) measuring diversity and competitiveness of a country’s export basket. However, each index being a summary measure has its own limitation and specific use. One must, therefore, be extremely careful in drawing policy conclusions from the values of these indices obtained in the context of a given data set at hand.

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  • Bera, Soumitra Kumar, 2008. "International Trade Modeling Indices and Measurement Issues," MPRA Paper 27890, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:27890

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    1. Mahvash Saeed Qureshi & Guanghua Wan, 2008. "Trade Expansion of China and India: Threat or Opportunity?," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 31(10), pages 1327-1350, October.
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    Internationa Trade; RCA; CCI;

    JEL classification:

    • F18 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade and Environment
    • P45 - Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems - - - International Linkages
    • F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation


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