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Estimating the effects of non-discriminatory trade policies within structural gravity models

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Heid, Benedikt ; Larch, Mario ; Yotov, Yoto V.:
Estimating the effects of non-discriminatory trade policies within structural gravity models.
In: Canadian Journal of Economics : Revue canadienne d'économique. Vol. 54 (2021) Issue 1 . - pp. 376-409.
ISSN 1540-5982
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/caje.12493

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We propose a simple method to identify the effects of unilateral and non-discriminatory trade policies on bilateral trade within a theoretically consistent empirical gravity model. Specifically, we argue that structural gravity estimations should be performed with data that include not only international trade flows but also intra-national trade flows. The use of intra-national sales allows identification of the effects of non-discriminatory trade policies such as most favoured nation tariffs, even in the presence of exporter and importer fixed effects. A byproduct of our approach is that it can be used to recover estimates of the trade elasticity, a key parameter for quantitative trade models. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our techniques in the case of most favoured nation tariffs and “time to export” as representative non-discriminatory determinants of trade on the importer and on the exporter side, respectively. Our methods can be extended to quantify the impact on trade of any country-specific characteristics as well as any non-trade policies.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics > Chair Economics VI: Empirical Economic Research > Chair Economics VI: Empirical Economic Research - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Mario Larch
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics > Chair Economics VI: Empirical Economic Research
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2021 21:00
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2021 05:39
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/66926