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Productive capacity, product varieties, and the elasticities approach to the trade balance

Joseph Gagnon

No 781, International Finance Discussion Papers from Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.)

Abstract: Most macroeconomic models imply that faster output growth tends to lower a country's trade balance by raising its imports with little change to its exports. Krugman (1989) proposed a model in which countries grow by producing new varieties of goods. In his model, faster-growing countries are able to export these new goods and maintain balanced trade without suffering any deterioration in their terms of trade. This paper analyzes the growth of U.S. imports from different source countries and finds strong support for Krugman's model.

Keywords: International trade; Productivity; Production (Economic theory) (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2003
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