2013

Trade Facilitation and the Extensive Margin

Särtryck nr 2013:26

Författare: Maria PerssonÅr: 2013 Publikation: Journal of International Trade & Economic Development Årgång (nr): 22 (5) Sidor: 658–693
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The literature on trade facilitation has mostly focused on implications for trade volumes. However, recent theoretical contributions have emphasized that trade costs – such as transaction costs related to crossborder trade procedures – affect both the traded volumes of ‘old’ goods (the intensive margin) and the range of traded goods (the extensive margin). This article therefore tests whether trade facilitation affects the extensive margin by counting the number of 8-digit products that are exported from developing to EU countries, and using this as the dependent variable in an estimation. Moreover, it also tests whether the extensive margins in differentiated and homogeneous goods are affected in the same way by transaction costs. Estimation results suggest that if export transaction costs – proxied by the number of days needed to export a good – declined by 1%, the number of exported differentiated and homogeneous products would rise by 0.6% and 0.3%, respectively. Policy simulations further illustrate that if all countries were as efficient at the border as the most efficient country at the same level of development, the number of exported differentiated and homogeneous products would increase by 62% and 26%, respectively.


Referens:
Persson, Maria (2013), "Trade Facilitation and the Extensive Margin". Journal of International Trade & Economic Development 22(5), 658–693.

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