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The education networks of Latin America. Effects on trade during and after the cold war

Marina Murat (), María Luisa Recalde and Pedro Gabriel Degiovanni

Center for Economic Research (RECent) from University of Modena and Reggio E., Dept. of Economics "Marco Biagi"

Abstract: The friendship and social networks international students tend to build during their university studies can boost trade between the home country and that of the alma mater. This paper tests the effects of Latin American students on bilateral trade between eleven home economies and nine OECD countries during 1971-2012. We find education networks to positively and significantly affect both exports and imports. Also, the democratization and liberalization of Latin American political regimes following the end of the cold war slightly weaken the influence of networks, but directly and positively affect trade. Results are robust to different specifications and regressors.

Keywords: bilateral trade; education networks; international students; Latin America. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F14 F29 F59 I20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2015-06
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