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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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Inflation leads to loss of gold reserves

I am reading Murray's Rothbard "What has government done to our money?" and this is his reasoning for inflation leading to loss of gold reserves to other countries (assuming everyone is on ...
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Statistics on Mexican illicit drug exports by country?

Estimates of the size of the total Mexican illicit drug export markets are somewhere around USD 200-650 billion per annum, depending on the source: \$426-652 billion per year \$500 billion \$200-300 ...
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National Production/Consumption Data

I've found https://comtrade.un.org/ for country-to-country product import/export data. Is there an equivalent data set for self-consumption, ideally harmonized with the UN's H6 classification system? ...
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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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Are there intermodal tramp freight carriers?

I'm working on a fictional system where shippers -- companies with bulk goods to ship -- post contracts stating an origin, destination, and number of cargo containers. Carriers -- whether by air, land ...
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IS-LM : monetary policy in SOE that exports inferior goods

If I follow the IS-LM model (or some derivative of it), a small open economy can really only use monetary policy to change GDP in the short term. According to the model (or one of its spin-offs), if ...
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How many million metric tonnes of cocoa butter were produced in 2020?

I'm doing some research on global ingredient production. I'm having trouble finding estimates on global cocoa butter production in 2020. Here's the problem: Statistics on how much cocoa is produced ...
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Creating a pragmatic, useable (not theory heavy) proxy for a currency basket for a set of economies

This is currently, a gedanken experiment, but may well form the basis of a whitepaper - or better still, an actual project. I am trying to come up with a practical way of creating a "currency ...
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How can I control for trade between UK and Australia in my difference-in-difference trade model?

I am doing a report on whether environmental regulation has an impact on trade, using a difference-in-difference model and seeing whether the EU Industrial Emissions Directive had an effect on UK ...
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India's exports and the rupee

There are several analyst asserting that a strong rupee would dampen India's exports, for example below article. Given that circa 80% of indian exports are invoiced in USD, why a strong local currency ...
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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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Optimisation and Theory of Comparative Advantage

In my school's lecture notes on International Trade, a numerical example of how the Theory of Comparative Advantage is featured. It is a simplified 2-country, 2-goods model and features constant ...
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Finding data on (estimated) trade cost elasticities of imports

I'm an undergrad student of economics, and I need to find estimates of the trade cost elasticity of the UK's imports for some homework. My instructors pointed me to the World Bank's databases, ...
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What are some negative/positive aspects from globalization in regard to developed countries?

I have read many articles on how globalization is helping developing countries, as more and more companies from developed countries have been moving their production oversees. However, as hard as I ...
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Krugman 1980 AER, Deriving Equation 14

I have been trying to derive equation 14 from Paul Krugman's 1980 AER paper. I keep getting a different result, and further, I find that equation 14 from the paper does not balance payments when I ...
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Are there economic models that predict (only) a medium/long-term negative effect of protectionism?

Going by some ECB models/estimates from last year, protectionism would result in negative consequences pretty fast, e.g. For illustration, I will use the results of simulations carried out by ECB ...
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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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Can a closed economy flourish?

I was wondering if it is possible to run a country based only on domestic economy and not to enter the world economy. Basically, if certain economy of a certain country fails and poses threat to world ...
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How has the Chinese freight industry developed during last year?

The last year has been filled with so many unfamiliar circumstances such as Covid-19, and now with the rising tensions as well, I'm wondering how the Chinese freight industry is developing during ...
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Proximity-concentration hypothesis: homogeneous firms and symmetric countries

Hi everyone I am running into a stone wall and don't seem to be able to solve this, can someone show me the steps how I can insert 1 into 2 and get 3. $B=\frac{f_E+f_D}{φ^{(σ−1)}*(1+τ^{(1-σ)})}$ $π =...
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Why do we spread knowledge across nations?

We have access to lots of knowledge on paper sharing platforms, open course platforms, open-source platforms and question asking platforms and etc, and Tesla opened all its electric car patents in ...
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Does a high current account deficit devalue the national currency?

I've been reading some materials about Belarus's 2011 financial crisis, and a common thread among them is this: Belarus had had a rapidly growing current account deficit, and in 2011 it came to a head ...
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Is it an international norm to have excise or tariff to be balanced or reversed when exporting goods?

It's an accepted international norm to charge VAT on import and rebate VAT on export, such that goods from different countries can be competed on a level playing field. However, is it the same with ...
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Does trade lead to economic growth in the most basic models of trade?

In the standard models of trade, such as Ricardo or Hecksher-Ohlin, I know that openness to trade will lead to increased consumption as (roughly) the consumption possibility frontier expands beyond ...
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Why has China's integration into the global economy caused it to slow it's output?

In the following passage, what does it mean to be integrated into the economy and why does this mean that now China and India are integrated into the economy that their output has slowed down? In the ...
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Alternatives to avoid sanctions

Recently we saw that the EU and Iran devised an instrument called INSTEX to avoid dealing in U.S. dollars and, hence, avoid U.S. sanctions. Similar thing is being planned between India and Russia (...
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Equities-dollar correlation

Equities-dollar correlation was mostly positive in the 2000s and switched to negative since the GFC. Are there any structural drivers explaining this change in correlation?
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Causes of trade deficit: Multiple views

I am trying to understand the causes and macroeconomic implications of running a trade deficit in the United States, and I came across a few different views on this topic. I'd like to know if there ...
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Can I add a variable that varies only with time in Least Squares Regression model with a time-fixed effects term?

I'm estimating this equation for the trade flows between various countries at time t: ($i$ and $j$ are countries) The last 3 terms are control variables, one of which is oil prices. Can I add oil ...
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Are financial markets "unique" for each "currency pair", or are they simply "translated"?

This is something I've been long wondering about. Let's say that I have statistics showing the daily closing Bitcoin price in USD since early 2009. Great. Now, if I wanted to get the daily closing ...
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Why would foreign asset purchases by PBOC temper yuan appreciation?

Suppose the PBOC buys a bunch of dollar-denominated bonds, using its dollar reserves. All else equal, what effect should this have on the yuan-USD exchange rate? And why? It amounts to trading non-...
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Why would a digital Yuan (or some other national currency turned into a CBDC) "help fast-track international settlements" in that currency?

I'm trying to understand the basis of this claim As the main mode of transaction in the world's second biggest economy, China's currency should be a natural contender for the spot. However, the U.S. ...
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Where in the BOP does the rental of a building appear?

Say a Japanese citizen (living and working in Japan) owns a house in the US and rents it out (to a US resident) for \$10,000 in 2020. (Assume the value of the land is negligible.) Where in the US BOP ...
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Does trade between countries tend towards a state of only containing monopolies as a result of comparative advantage?

I've recently been reading Mankiw's Microeconomics 8th edition. In there he raises the idea of comparative advantage and points out how if we have two participants in an economy who both produce ...
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Question about migration wages

I have a question with the following statements. Adding the gains to the Home economy from the Foreign workers, we end up with the triangle ABC, which represents the Home gains as a result of full ...
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Does the WTO monitor the trade of players in association football? Could they?

So I understand the WTO is able to settle trade disputes. If the German Bundesliga said English players had a 1% luxury fee that went towards operation costs (A \$100,000 transfer would cost \$101,000,...
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What are some examples of goods that entrepreneurship-intense?

Entrepreneurship is considered to be one of factors of production (the other factors of production are capital, labor and land). According to Heckscher–Ohlin model, a country that has an abundant ...
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Why are anti-dumping duties considered to be non-tariff barriers to trade?

English is not my first language so sorry in advance! please help me on this one I can't find a good answer, and until I have understood this one, I won't get the whole non-tariff barriers to trade ...
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GDP of domestic and foreign economic activities of a country

Is there an indicator which shows how much GDP of a country is generated by domestic economic activities (e.g. business between food production in Germany and agriculture in Germany) and how much GDP ...
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Does comparative advantage maximize revenue?

I am reading Lovell's "Economics with calculus", where in Chapter 2, he presents Ricardo's Theory of Comparative Advantage, and states how in a simple model two countries benefit from free ...
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Can individual consumers ever be price-makers, and can they thereby have major effects on welfare?

Suppose there's a big demand shock on some good X. As long as X has fairly standard supply and demand curves, that'll raise the price. And all of the buyers who would have bought at the lower price ...
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unit iso-quant curve and unit iso-value line

This question is about international trade theory. For the labor L and capital K, I know the theory of iso-quant and iso-cost. The price will be determined where iso-cost line touches iso-quant curve. ...
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Log deviation from steady state - understanding a journal paper

I hope a question like this is fair game on this website! I'm doing some research for my thesis, and have come across what seems to be a pretty simple model - two countries, A (representing the USA) ...
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What is technology in the Ricardo model?

I've been reading about the Ricardo and Heckscher-Ohlin models. I'm having trouble following what makes a worker in the former able to produce more or less of a given good. So e.g. suppose a US worker ...
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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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Most outsourced industries of USA?

Which industries reduced the most in the USA as a result of outsourcing and imports? Maybe textiles is one of them. I heard about a rust belt. Which ones are the others?
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connection between foreign assets and trade surplus / deficits

I am reading Piketty's "Capital in the 21st Century" and in Chapter 5 he writes "Furthermore, the evolution of a country's net foreign asset position is determined not only by the ...
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How does a bank convert one currency to another?

Say for example I sell ZAR and buy USD. What happens behind the scenes so that the local ZAR bank is able to deposit USD into my account? Does the bank require some sort of USD cash reserve? How do ...
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According to the U.S., what constitutes as fair subsidies?

The U.S. asked China to do this during the trade negotiations: China immediately will cease providing market-distorting subsidies and other types of government support that can contribute to the ...
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Which countries have the comparative advantage in Ricardo's example?

I am a complete beginner here trying to learn through Khan Academy. I found some data that correspond to Ricardo's explanation of comparative advantage. According to Wikipedia "England has a ...

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