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The J-Curve and Japan--China commodity trade

Mohsen Bahmani-Oskooee () and Jia Xu

Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies, 2013, vol. 11, issue 1, 13-28

Abstract: Previous studies that have tested the J-Curve phenomenon for Japan or China employed either aggregate trade data between each country and the rest of the world, or aggregate bilateral data between two trade partners. These studies have found no support for the J-Curve. Suspecting that their models could suffer from aggregation bias, in this paper, we disaggregate bilateral trade flows between the two countries and examine trade by 73 industries. We find evidence of the J-Curve phenomenon in 24 industries, a unique finding for trade between Japan and China.

Date: 2013
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