EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Somatic distance, cultural affinities, trust and trade

Jacques Melitz and Farid Toubal

No 12895, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: Somatic distance, or differences in physical appearance, proves to be extremely important in the gravity model of bilateral trade in conformity with results in other areas of economics and outside of it in the social sciences. This is also true quite independently of survey evidence about bilateral trust. These findings are obtained in a sample of the 15 members of the European Economic Association in 1996. Robustness tests also show that somatic distance has a more reliable influence on bilateral trade than the other cultural variables. The article finally discusses the interpretation and the breadth of application of these results.

Keywords: Bilateral Trade; Cultural interactions; Language; Somatic distance; Trust (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F10 F40 Z10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cul, nep-evo, nep-gro, nep-soc and nep-ure
Date: 2018-04
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://www.cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=12895 (application/pdf)
CEPR Discussion Papers are free to download for our researchers, subscribers and members. If you fall into one of these categories but have trouble downloading our papers, please contact us at subscribers@cepr.org

Related works:
Working Paper: Somatic Distance, Cultural Affinities, Trust and Trade (2018) Downloads
Working Paper: Somatic Distance, Cultural Affinities, Trust And Trade (2018) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:12895

Ordering information: This working paper can be ordered from
http://www.cepr.org/ ... rs/dp.php?dpno=12895

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers Centre for Economic Policy Research, 33 Great Sutton Street, London EC1V 0DX.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by ().

 
Page updated 2019-06-12
Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:12895