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A note on the estimation of import trade demand functions

Marco Giansoldati and Tullio Gregori

Economics Letters, 2017, vol. 157, issue C, 133-135

Abstract: This paper compares six alternative methods of computing the import demand function. We use a sample of 33 countries from 1995:1 to 2016:3 and brand new information on import contents made available by WIOD. Preferred models take into account the separate effects of each final demand component. Contrary to some recent studies, we observe that private expenditure is the main driver of import variations.

Keywords: Import function; Final demand components; IAD; Trade slowdown (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F41 F14 D57 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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