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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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Perfect multicollinearity when estimating a gravity model

everyone! I am estimating a gravity model in order to analyze the impacts of tighter environmental regulations on international trade. More specifically, I am analyzing Brazil's trade flow. My (...
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Analyse the influence of interior demand and trade on exports

I would like to have a primer on how the current slowdown of the German economy affects its partners, for instance France, Spain and Italy. More specifically, if it goes mainly through Germany's ...
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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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Did Trump make any concessions in his 'Phase 1' trade deal with China today? [on hold]

From what I've read, the US agreed to not proceed with a round of tariff increases on Chinese imports, and in exchange China agreed to buy several tens of billions of dollars more in agricultural ...
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Alternatives to avoid sanctions

Recently we saw that EU and Iran devised an instrument called INSTEX to avoid dealing in dollars and hence avoid US sanctions. Similar thing is being planned between India and Russia (regarding S-400 ...
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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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A valid argument against free trade?

Recently I read Bertrand Russell's Political Ideals (1917). Although he expresses strong left-wing ideals there, he supports free trade and criticizes protectionism. It seems that not any left-wing ...
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Is there a way to adjust trade data between China and EU member countries for the Rotterdam effect?

Basically Eurostat trade data for individual EU member countries with China seems to have some substantial artefacts probably because most EU imports from China arrive in Dutch ports, even though ...
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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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How are trade deficits financed?

The usual answer is either "foreign debt" or "Foreign Direct Investment". But: Why does that make sense? And why wouldn't be financed otherwise like from importers taking out bank loans domestically ...
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Who paid the bill for cheap Chinese exports?

We have all enjoyed the flow of cheap Chinese imported goods, whether in the shops, or online. The shipping costs from China have always seemed very low. Now I see this note: Got notification ...
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Effects of tariffs on company

How would Trump's tariffs affect an American multinational company? Would the goods that they produce be considered imports?
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Why is the Australian dollar, often viewed by traders as a proxy for the Chinese economy?

The Australian dollar, often viewed by traders as a proxy for the Chinese economy, gained 0.3 per cent against its US counterpart. From: https://www.ft.com/content/b18d1c56-cf75-11e9-b018-...
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Whats the math behind calculating the price of cryptocurrency through supply and demand?

"The value of currencies (including most popular cryptocurrencies) is set by a market. Price rises or falls until the supply and demand of the currency are equalized" Why exchange rates of national ...
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Why is trade deficit a good thing?

In general most economist agree that deficit is not a negative thing, but I have trouble understanding why For example if country A has 10\$ and country A runs trade deficit to B of 2\$ per year, ...
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Historically has the “decoupling” of world trade from GDP not lead to (or deepened) a recession?

The ECB speaks (somewhat euphemistically, in my opinion) of a "decoupling" of world trade from "activity" (i.e. GDP) in Q1 2019: Historically, has it been the case that such a "decoupling" can last, ...
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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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Papers on International Trade and Environment

everyone. As a requirement to get my bachelor's in economics, I have to write a paper. The theme I picked is something along the lines of "the impact of environmental crimes and regulation on ...
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Derivation of aggregate demand function for Monopolistic Competition (based on Combes et. al, 2008)

A specialized question for those, who excel in monopolistic competition and modern trade theories. I am interested in a derivation of an aggregate demand function for a model of monopolistic ...
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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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Where does overseas money from exports go?

I am a bit confused about foreign exchange reserves. I was reading this website (https://www.thebalance.com/foreign-exchange-reserves-3306258#targetText=Foreign%20exchange%20reserves%20are%20the,to%...
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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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Why a Current Account deficit implies a Financial Account surplus [duplicate]

Every macro textbook out there states that if a country has a Current Account deficit, it must have a surplus in the Financial account, but I have not heard a convincing explanation. Imagine a ...
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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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Why are imports subtracted from GDP?

GDP is a measure of a country's production. $$GDP = C + I + G + X_n$$ $C$ = Consumer Consumption $I$ = Gross Investment $G$ = Government Expenditures $X_n$ = Exports - Imports Exports are what we ...
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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 (...
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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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Chinese tarriffs (pre-tradewar)

I am trying to understand to what degree tariffs (or other restrictions like quotas) were the cause of the trade imbalances between the US and China. One might imagine that it was simply a matter of ...
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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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Why did no US politician start the trade war a decade earlier with China or possibly the Globe if it is a good thing to do? [closed]

Why did no US politician start the trade war with China (or possibly the Globe) a decade earlier if it is a good thing to do? I am asking for a list of reasons for why not.
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Where to find information on tariffs when importing candles into the U.S.?

I am wondering where I can find information on tariffs when importing scented candles from States like China, India, Vietnam, Thailand into the U.S.? If the candles are soy wax and are packaged in ...
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Characterizing nations in global commodity market

I'm not an economist, so I'm looking for help making sure I'm not reinventing the wheel, or if I am, that it's at least round. I've been set the task of modeling a multi-step supply chain using UN ...
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Is the European Single Market a Free Trade Area?

The European Single Market is (obviously) a Single Market. Are Single Markets also free trade areas?
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Can tariffs be said to subsidise domestic industry?

If a state places a tariff on a good, domestic manufacturers of that good become more price-competitive in the domestic market at the expense of overseas suppliers. Could this be said to be a policy ...
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Does the gravity model of trade apply equally for goods and services?

Does the gravity model of trade apply equally for goods and services? Naively it would seem that the more ephemeral services would be less impacted by it?
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Is protectionism more suited to large economies?

Large economies like the US and China use tariffs as trade weapons while retaining competitiveness because they have the critical mass to encapsulate supply chains and avoid the cost of cross-border ...
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By what mechanism do large economies affect world price with tariffs?

Large economies can affect world prices by applying import tariffs. Is this because they definitionally comprise a substantial portion of global consumption, and hence by shifting production ...
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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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Related Literature about Exports

I am working on my master thesis, where I investigate the impact of the Russian embargo on Georgia's exports. I have already identified my dependent variable, as well as the variables of interest. ...
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What are the hot topics (sub-fields) in the International-trade to pursue for the research work?

I am interested in trade economics. Suggest me some hot topics and authors in the field. Different dimensions of trade economics. Use of game theory, networks etc.
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Do countries have an obligation to match their savings and consumption rate with that of the U.S.?

https://www.barrons.com/articles/europe-is-now-a-bigger-trade-villain-than-china-51558118723 The above articles state that trade imbalances are a bad thing and that if a government doesn't enact ...
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Are there political economy models that include a “majority capture” of (protectionist) trade policy?

A highly cited model of protectionism is the "protection for sale" model or Grossman and Helpman. (For an [updated] evaluation of that model see for instance the Advanced International Trade textbook ...
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International emissions trading

As far as I have understood emission right certificates are some kind of currency. Each company may emit as much of say CO2 as its certificates allow. Certificates may be traded, i.e. bought and sold. ...
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Why are trade deficits considered unfair?

President Trump has accused Germany and China of unfair trading practices over trade deficits. What is unfair about trade deficits? This may be economics 101, but in my naive eyes every time a ...
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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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why US don't like China trade deficit? [duplicate]

Because of the dollar, US basically have unlimited credit. US could simple print money for good. Why US don't like China trade deficit? If US is a person, and the person could use paper to exchange ...
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Is it unreasonable to expect a country with a large public deficit and the world's reserve currency to not run trade deficits with other countries?

I have heard that country trade deficits are primarily driven by excessive consumer spending and large public deficits, and that having the world's reserve currency means that you will have to run ...