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The "Collapse in Quality" Hypothesis

Andrei Levchenko, Logan Lewis () and Linda Tesar ()

American Economic Review, 2011, vol. 101, issue 3, 293-97

Abstract: This paper evaluates the hypothesis that during the 2008-2009 collapse in international trade, imports of higher quality goods experienced larger reductions compared to low-quality imports, using data on US imports disaggregated by HS-10 product category and source country. We find little, if any, robust econometric evidence in support of this hypothesis.

Date: 2011
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