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Dissecting Thailand's International Trade: Evidence from 88 Million Export and Import Entries

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  • Tosapol Apaitan

    (Bank of Thailand)

  • Piti Disyatat

    (Bank of Thailand)

  • Krislert Samphantharak

    (University of California, San Diego)

Abstract

With a trade-to-GDP ratio of over 130 percent, Thailand is one of the most open emerging market economies in the world. Through a transactional-level database of over 88 million customs entries, this paper provides a comprehensive picture of the dynamic evolution of Thai international trade, highlighting both the intensive as well as extensive margins. Focusing on exports and exporting firms, we document the highly concentrated, specialized and fragile nature of export activity.

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  • Tosapol Apaitan & Piti Disyatat & Krislert Samphantharak, 2016. "Dissecting Thailand's International Trade: Evidence from 88 Million Export and Import Entries," PIER Discussion Papers 43., Puey Ungphakorn Institute for Economic Research, revised Sep 2016.
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    1. Tosapol Apaitan & Chanont Banternghansa & Archawa Paweenawat & Krislert Samphantharak, 2020. "Common Ownership, Domestic Competition, and Export: Evidence from Thailand," PIER Discussion Papers 140, Puey Ungphakorn Institute for Economic Research, revised Jun 2020.
    2. Doungdao Mahakitsiri & Wisarut Suwanprasert, 2020. "Understanding the Bimodality of the Export Intensity Distribution in Thailand," PIER Discussion Papers 139, Puey Ungphakorn Institute for Economic Research, revised Jun 2020.
    3. Tosapol Apaitan & Nasha Ananchotikul & Piti Disyatat, 2017. "Structural Transformation in Thailand: A Perspective Through Product Innovation," PIER Discussion Papers 72, Puey Ungphakorn Institute for Economic Research, revised Oct 2017.

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    Keywords

    International Trade; Export Firms; Global Production Chain; Thailand;
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    JEL classification:

    • F10 - International Economics - - Trade - - - General
    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • F40 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - General

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