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Cyclical Fluctuations in International Trade Volumes

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  • Michael Waugh

    (New York University)

  • Fernando Leibovici

    (New York University)

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In postwar time series data, the elasticity of cyclical fluctuations in import volumes to measures of economic activity is well over two. A large class of models of international trade predict this elasticity to be one. This presents a challenge to these models with otherwise well regarded cross-sectional implications for trade. In this paper, we document these facts and explore simple dynamic modifications of existing models and their ability to quantitatively replicate the high elasticity of imports with respect to domestic absorbtion measured in U.S. time series data. In particular, we focus on the joint effect of time-to-ship and trade financing frictions in their ability to resolve this puzzle.

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  • Michael Waugh & Fernando Leibovici, 2010. "Cyclical Fluctuations in International Trade Volumes," 2010 Meeting Papers 1095, Society for Economic Dynamics.
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    1. Ana Maria Santacreu & Fernando Leibovici, 2016. "International Trade Fluctuations and Monetary Policy," 2016 Meeting Papers 367, Society for Economic Dynamics.
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    JEL classification:

    • E3 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles
    • F1 - International Economics - - Trade
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics

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