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Globalization and Consumption Patterns among the OECD Countries

István Kónya () and Hiroshi Ohashi ()

No 596, Boston College Working Papers in Economics from Boston College Department of Economics

Abstract: The paper examines the evolution of consumption patterns in Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries from 1985 to 1999. Estimation of demand function parameters uncovered consistent evidence that differences in consumption patterns have recently diminished between the countries. The paper further uncovers an empirical relationship that indicates that increased bilateral trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) has contributed to the convergence of consumption patterns. The result is robust to the consideration of endogeneity in the trade and FDI variables.

Keywords: globalization; almost ideal demand system; endogeneity; convergence (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C33 D12 F02 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2004-06-22
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