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Asymmetric influence of distance on french international trade 1850-1913

Stéphane Becuwe, Bertrand Blancheton, Léo Charles () and Matthieu Clement

No 8552, EcoMod2015 from EcoMod

Abstract: This article uses a new database to test the influence of distance on French international trade during the first globalization to test the influence of distance on French international trade during the first globalization Using a gravity model methodology, we study exports and imports separately to better underline opposing trends in the two flows. As expected, distance has a globally negative impact on trade. For imports the negative impact decreases over time, however for exports the negative impact strengthens. If French imports fit well with the literature on transaction costs, developments in exports tell a different story. Despite a fall in transaction costs France had some difficulty in exporting to distant emerging countries at the end of the nineteenth century. These results suggest a bad geographical diversification of exports.

Keywords: France; Trade issues; Growth (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2015-07-01
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