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Shaken, Not Stirred: The Impact of Disasters on International Trade

Martin Gassebner, Alexander Keck and Robert Teh

No 06-139, KOF Working papers from KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich

Abstract: This paper examines the impact of major disasters on trade flows using a gravity model (170 countries, 1962-2004). As a conservative estimate, an additional disaster reduces imports on average by 0,2% and exports by 0.1%. Despite the apparent persistence of bilateral trade volumes, the impact of catastrophes depends on the democracy level and size of the affected country. In autocracies, exports and imports are significantly reduced: had Togo been struck by a major disaster in 2000, it would have lost 6.8% of its imports and 8.2% of its exports. Democratic countries' exports suffer modest decreases, while imports are hardly affected.

Keywords: International trade; Disasters; Gravity model; Governance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 40 pages
Date: 2006-06
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-afr, nep-int and nep-sea
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