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Lerner meets Gravity

Joseph Francois and Miriam Manchin ()

No 123, UCL SSEES Economics and Business working paper series from UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)

Abstract: We examine the linkages between import policy and export performance, extending classic macroeconomic trade effects to more recent concepts from the modern literature on gravity models. We also examine these effects empirically with a panel of global and bilateral trade spanning 15 years. Our emphasis on the role of import policy (i.e. tariffs) of exporters as an explanation of trade volumes contrasts with the recent emphasis on importer policy in the gravity literature. It also reinforces the growing body of evidence on the importance of economic environmental (policy and infrastructure) conditions in explaining relative export performance.

Keywords: policy and aggregate exports; Lerner symmetry; gravity model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F40 F68 F14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013-04
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