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Questions tagged [international-trade]

International trade theory is a sub-field of economics which analyzes the patterns of international trade, its origins, and its welfare implications.

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Question about tariffs in Henry Hazlitt's Economics in One lesson

I've been reading Henry Hazlitt's Economics in One Lesson and he said something about free trade and tariffs that I don't quite understand. He uses the example of buying cheaper English sweaters ...
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Why does capital flight cause inflation?

Context: I was watching a video about Venezuela, and, it all started with capital flight due to poor confidence in the government. The government tried to stop it, and in the process it created a ...
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Is an EU single currency still a trade advantage in 2019?

When the single currency was planned, there was no internet and there all currency exchange was manual. Today the web can automatically convert prices using multiplication of the numbers in the ...
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Is Universal Basic Income compatible with free international trade?

If one country introduces UBI, what prevents other countries from taking advantage of that and supplying cheaper (no need to finance a UBI scheme!) goods to the original country and outcompeting the ...
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why doesn't every country scale up the prices to the international level?

I live in an Asian country in which the average monthly salary is maybe 300-400 dollars but things (apart from exported goods like laptops or smartphones) are reasonably cheap compared to their price ...
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What are some of the barriers to trading services?

As I understand it countries negotiate free trade agreements in services using the WTO GATS. But what are some of the barriers to the transnational exchange of services that an FTA would seek to ...
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What percentage of UK imports/exports were with the EU in the economic year 2015-2016?

With the referendum over whether or not the UK should leave the EU or not I am interested to know what percentage of UK trade is made up of trade within the EU (Imports & exports). I am aware ...
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If regional subsidiaries bypass trade restrictions, why are FTAs needed?

One of the ways corporations trade transnationally in the face of local restrictions on market access is to set up subsidiary companies or regional offices from which trade is conducted. If such ...
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What international payment systems do exist?

I recently read up on the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT). As faar as I understood it was up until recently the only provider of a system to exchange money ...
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Two deflator series with different base year to proxy real exchange rate

I'm conducting a research in which the real exchange rate serves as a variable. A quick literature review shows that we can use the product of the nominal exchange rate and the ratio between the US ...
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Do sanctions work?

When countries commit "economic crimes"---ie, theft of intellectual property, dumping, currency manipulation---are sanctions effective at making them stop? I am specifically looking for examples of ...
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Are trade deficits good/bad or neither?

Is there an academic consensus on whether a trade deficit is good/bad or neither? And if that country is in a monetary union, does the answer change because the wealth moved out of the country can be ...
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What arguments are there in favor of national food self-sufficiency?

National food self-sufficiency is an idea that appeals to many non-economists. For example, George W. Bush (2001): It’s important for our Nation to be able to grow foodstuffs to feed our people. ...
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Are services included in the calculation of a trade deficit?

Are services included in the calculation of a trade deficit? Presumably measuring service exports is more difficult/less accurate(?) than for goods?
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How does a budget deficit help grow a trade deficit?

What are the mechanism that explains this, and does this help explain the U.S.-China trade deficits?
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What does an increase in REER signify?

What does an increase in the real effective exchange rate signify? I read from a news report that (localized for India): Furthermore, REER is calculated in such a way that an increase in its ...
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What are some famous examples of infant industries that failed?

The Japanese and Korean car and steel industries are often touted as examples of successful infant industries. I'm trying to find some famous examples of failed infant industries. (They don't seem ...
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Does the WTO have a mechanism to accommodate states transitioning trade regimes?

If the UK were to leave the EU without a Withdrawal Agreement in place it defaults to WTO trading terms. Does the WTO have a mechanism to accommodate such a transition?
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What's a good textbook on International Trade?

My professor for Int. Trade insists on using his unfinished notes as a basis for the class, so I'm looking for an alternative. The syllabus goes as follows: Gains from trade Free trade equilibrium ...
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Heckscher-Ohlin trade model with non-homothetic preferences

$U^j = \prod^N_i \left(d^j_i-\bar{d}_i\right)^\oint$ where $d^j_i$ is the per capita consumption of good $i$ in any country $j$; $\bar{d}_i \geq 0$ denotes the minimum consumption of each good $i$, ...
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On trade, What justificaion does the USA have to accuse China of 'selling too much not buying enough from USA'

There's a trade war (dispute) going on between USA and China, and it boils down to the USA accusing China of not buying enough American products, relative to what they sell to America. Putting aside ...
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What is the relation between the trade deficit and the outsourcing of jobs?

To make it easier, let's imagine USA exports nothing and imports nothing (or the exports have the same value with the imports = 0 trade deficit = the country exports the same amount of jobs as it is ...
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Bond prices and Trade deficit

Why does the narrowing of trade deficit cause an increase in bond prices? I do understand that narrowing of trade deficit leads to narrowing of capital account surplus. Also, investor confidence ...
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Leontief's Paradox and the amount of capital

Leontief (1953) showed that US exports in 1947 embodied considerably less capital and somewhat more labor than would be required for domestic production of competitive imports. \$2.55 million worth of ...
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Categorisation of Harmonised System codes for economic analysis

I work a lot with Harmonised System Codes (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmonized_System). In a nutshell, the Harmonised System (HS) provides a way to record all goods based trade in and out of a ...
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World economy and world trade

What is the difference between the world economy and world trade? I have read in one book saying "US share in the world economy is 28% and in the world trade is 15%" (2008 edition though). Please ...
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Is it correct to say that import tariffs are unilateral?

Is it correct to say that import tariffs are unilaterally decided by the nation or bloc applying the tariff?
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With whom does the US have the largest deficit using the trade in value-added (TiVA) methodology?

The US has the largest gross trade deficit with China. But some economists have argued that this is misleading, e.g. using the iPhone as an example in which most parts don't orginate in China. There'...
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Theory of Optimal Currency Areas

Should a country be more inclined or less inclined to join a currency union (common currency) under the following events: a) Increase in the size and frequency of AD shocks to the economy. b)...
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Are there internationally published sources of trade sanctions?

How to implement embargoes with respect to a trading company? Let's assume i am a small trading agent which assists and guides small exporters and importers while keeping embargoes and light ...
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Determining the Relative Price of Trade

I'm pretty sound with the concept behind comparative advantage, but still don't get how to calculate the exchange rate in terms of quantities of each products being exchanged, e.g. 1 apple for 2 cars ...
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Why does the EU need a clearing centre to circumvent US sanctions against Iran?

As reported here and elsewhere, the EU is considering the creation of a clearing house to keep trading with Iran despite US sanctions. Why is it not possible for the EU to conduct normal financial ...
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What can explain increasing exports after default episodes?

I am going through a paper on sovereign default by Mendoza and Yue (2012), in which defaults are explained in terms of how firms that use foreign intermediate inputs lose access to international ...
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Do free-trade agreements typically include clauses relating to services?

Do free-trade agreements typically include clauses relating to services? For example, reciprocal recognition of professional qualifications.
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HHI and concentration [closed]

I calculated the HHI index for Chile exports and got values ranging from 0.09 and 0.13. We know that Chilean exports are very concentrated (around 40% of the exports are copper related goods) and the ...
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Is Iphone included in tariffs?

As the tariffs war getting escalating, I am curious about how the tariffs works on Iphone. Apple is an American company, and Iphone is its product. But manufactured by factory in China. Is there a ...
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Balance of Trade - Currency devaluation in a price taker economy

How will a real exchange rate devaluation affect Balance of Trade, if an economy is a price taker in world markets for both export and import?
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Are US-branded products manufactured in China considered Chinese?

Many US-branded products like Apple's are manufactured in China. Are these products considered Chinese when they are imported back to US? And are they thus subject to tariffs?
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IS-LM , Eurozone and Interest Rate Parity

In the IS-LM framework, when the CB expands Money supply, interest rates are driven down, investment is boosted, and aggregate output increases (shift of LM curve, movement along IS curve). In the ...
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Which institution (government or private) provides the complete data on HS (Harmonized System Code), tariff schedules for India, China and US?

Was looking out for options on building a data store having HS code and tariff schedule data for few countries, which I can use as a base for import calculations and general HS lookup. Is there a ...
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Central bank selling foreign securities

According to the Krugman Obstfeld textbook, When a central bank sells foreign bonds, it decreases domestic money supply. My question is: foreign bonds are denoted in foreign currency. Selling these ...
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Paying for imports

In an open economy, a country can either pay for imports by running down its reserves, or by financial inflows. The payment for imports via reserves is easy to understand- an importer can go exchange ...
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Is the trade deficit driven by lack of domestic savings?

NYU Prof Joseph Foudy said the US trade deficit was caused by a lack of domestic savings and that tariffs on China would just shift the deficit to other countries. Zacks says A country’s trade ...
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Basic question on trade based on comparative advantage

The following question is taken from Economics: Principles and Applications 6th Edition, by Hall and Lieberman. This question about applying the theory of comparative advantage between a ...
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China - US Trade War: Holes in this analogy?

I have recently listened to a podcast by Peter Schiff concerning the China - US trade war. Schiff to me is an interesting chap; he always puts an interesting spin on things. However, from time to time ...
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Who performs the checks for regulatory compliance at trade borders? [closed]

Customs officers check for tax compliance at trade borders. But who performs the checks for regulatory compliance at trade borders? Is it simply the various Government ministries (eg the one ...
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Is it true that the U.S has to run a chronic trade deficit with the rest of the world as a price to pay for being the world's reserve currency?

I have heard of the argument that in order for USD to be reserve currecy, the rest of the world must own enough USD to store it as reserves. In order for the rest of the world to own enough USD, U.S ...
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Does China subsidize its exports?

And if so, to what extent? Also, how does the extent of China's subsidies compare internationally? (I understand this is a broad question but I can imagine that some economists somewhere have come ...
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Financing of Current Account Deficit

From the Balance of Payments identity, we have that: $$ CAB+FI=\triangle RES $$ Or that, the current account deficit is financed by either capital inflows, or a change in reserves. My question is ...
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Why does the Balance of Payments have to (more or less) equal zero

It seems to me that the non-reversible transactions included in the current account, and the reversible transactions included in the capital and financial account, are unrelated, and should therefore ...