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Import Demand Elasticities and Trade Distortions

Hiau Looi Kee (), Alessandro Nicita and Marcelo Olarreaga ()

The Review of Economics and Statistics, 2008, vol. 90, issue 4, 666-682

Abstract: This paper provides a systematic estimation of import demand elasticities for a broad group of countries at a very disaggregated level of product detail. We use a semiflexible translog GDP function approach to formally derive import demands and their elasticities, which are estimated with data on prices and endowments. Within a theoretically consistent framework, we use the estimated elasticities to construct Feenstra's (1995) simplification of Anderson and Neary's trade restrictiveness index (TRI). The difference between TRIs and import-weighted tariffs is shown to depend on the tariff variance and the covariance between tariffs and import demand elasticities. Copyright by the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Date: 2008
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