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Structural Change and Global Trade

Logan Lewis (), Ryan Monarch, Michael Sposi () and Jing Zhang ()
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Jing Zhang: Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

No 2002, Departmental Working Papers from Southern Methodist University, Department of Economics

Abstract: Services, which are less traded than goods, rose from 55 percent of world expenditure in 1970 to 75 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 13 percentage points higher by 2015, about half the boost delivered from declining trade costs. In addition, a world without structural change would have had about 40 percent greater welfare gains from the trade integration 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)
Date: 2020-02
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