EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Structural Change and Global Trade

Logan Lewis (), Ryan Monarch, Michael Sposi () and Jing Zhang ()

No WP-2020-25, Working Paper Series from Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Abstract: Services, which are less traded than goods, rose from 58 percent of world expenditure in 1970 to 79 percent in 2015. Using a Ricardian trade model incorporating endogenous structural change, we quantify how this substantial shift in consumption has affected trade. Without structural change, we find that the world trade to GDP ratio would be 15 percentage points higher by 2015, about half the boost delivered from declining trade costs. In addition, this structural change has lowered the global welfare gains from trade integration by almost 40 percent over the past four decades. Absent further reductions in trade costs, ongoing structural change implies that world trade as a share of GDP would eventually decline. Going forward, higher income countries gain relatively more from reducing services trade costs than from reducing goods trade costs.

Keywords: Globalization; Structural Change; International Trade (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F41 L16 O41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 55
Date: 2020-11-12
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cwa and nep-int
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (2) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
https://www.chicagofed.org/~/media/publications/wo ... 20/wp2020-25-pdf.pdf full text (application/pdf)

Related works:
Working Paper: Structural Change and Global Trade (2020) Downloads
Working Paper: Structural Change and Global Trade (2018) Downloads
Working Paper: Structural Change and Global Trade (2018) Downloads
Working Paper: Structural Change and Global 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:fip:fedhwp:92684

Ordering information: This working paper can be ordered from

DOI: 10.21033/wp-2020-25

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Working Paper Series from Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by ().

 
Page updated 2021-10-27
Handle: RePEc:fip:fedhwp:92684