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The Aggregate Of Elasticities Or The Elasticity Of The Aggregates: U.S. Trade In Services

  • Jaime Marquez
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    I use the automated search algorithm to address practical issues that arise in estimating income and price elasticities for U.S. trade in services: specification of dynamics, specification of the search strategy, simultaneity biases, and aggregation biases. Specifically, starting from a general, autoregressive distributed lag formulation, I use automated specification algorithms to obtain a specific formulation. I assess simultaneity biases by applying OLS, IV, and FIML. I assess aggregation biases by comparing the aggregate of the elasticities to the elasticity of the aggregate. Ignoring these considerations results in a formulation that cannot explain the divergence of service and merchandise balances

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    Paper provided by Society for Computational Economics in its series Computing in Economics and Finance 2005 with number 142.

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    Date of creation: 11 Nov 2005
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    Handle: RePEc:sce:scecf5:142
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