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Currency unions, trade and heterogeneity

Chen, Natalie and Novy, Dennis (2017) Currency unions, trade and heterogeneity. CEP Discussion Papers (CEPDP1550). Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

How do trade costs affect international trade? This paper offers a new approach. We rely on a flexible gravity equation that predicts variable trade cost elasticities, both across and within country pairs. We apply this framework to the effect of currency unions on international trade. While we estimate that currency unions are associated with a trade increase of around 38 percent on average, we find substantial underlying heterogeneity. Consistent with the predictions of our framework, we find effects around three times as strong for country pairs associated with small import shares, and a zero effect for large import shares. Our results imply that conventional homogeneous currency union estimates do not provide helpful guidance for countries considering to join a currency union. Instead, countries need to take into account the distribution of their trade shares to assess the impact of trade costs.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk/
Additional Information: © 2017 The Authors
Divisions: Economics
Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
JEL classification: F - International Economics > F1 - Trade > F14 - Country and Industry Studies of Trade
F - International Economics > F1 - Trade > F15 - Economic Integration
F - International Economics > F3 - International Finance > F33 - International Monetary Arrangements and Institutions
Sets: Departments > Economics
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2018 16:13
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 04:05
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/88487

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