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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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Why do we say that trade and specialization according to comparative advantage lead to one-time increase in PPF of given country?

PPF shows us different combinations of goods that we would be able to produce if we employed existing resources of our country in the most efficient way. One thing to notice about PPF: It's ...
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Would GDP for a pure endowment economy be equal to zero?

(Am I correct?) As far as I understand, a pure endowment economy means that good just appears in the country without any labor involved in producing them. Like maybe given country lives entirely from ...
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Do I make correct conclusions about international trade (and ways to increase GDP) from the expedenture approach formula for GDP?

(Please correct me if my reasoning is wrong somewhere) Net Exports is a part of GDP and consequently its increase or a decrease also causes GDP to increase or decrease, assuming everything else stays ...
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What faction determines the strength of a state's currency and can that faction be rebelled?

I know that to determine the strength of a state's currency (a currency's Equilibrium Price), the following factors are contemplated by some faction, but I don't know what is that faction. ...
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Balance of Payments and Capital Inflows

We know from the balance of payments identity that: $$ BOP=CA+KA+FA=0 $$ where $CA$ is current account, $FA$ is financial account, and $KA$ is capital account. The BOP is an identity that always ...
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Who exactly suffered more in the US-China trade war?

The US and China signed a trade deal recently that made the news. Shortly afterwards, Nobel-prize winning economist Paul Krugman claimed that the US lost the trade war. His argument is that US ...
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(Ricardian model)Is it correct that complete specialization in comparative advantage CAN lead to DECREASE in total production?

I have the model in my electronic spreadsheet (created by me) and its results quite suprised me. In short, complete specialization (I just call it specialization) in good where a country has ...
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Volume of trade covered by regional trade agreements

Is anyone aware of statistics about the total volume of trade that happens under regional trade agreements (RTAs)? It's easy to find figures for the number of agreements, but not so easy for their ...
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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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Interpretation of dummy variable : Random Effects Model

I am running a RE regression and I have export similarity index between two countries as the dependent variable and have a dummy variable such as share a border(=1 if countries share border, 0 ...
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Where to find a brazilian claim from german geologist Eschwege?

In Das Kapital, ch I.1, Marx says that german geologist Eschwege claims that total product of the Brazilian diamond mines for the eighty years ending in 1823 still did not amount to the price of ...
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(Modified comparative advantage model)Can trade with a country that only has one industry be mutually beneficial?

Suppose there are two countries, China and Japan. Suppose there are also only two goods, namely food and bronze mirrors. China produces both food and bronze mirrors, while Japan produces only food. In ...
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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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Intuition for factor price insensitivity in Heckscher-Ohlin

I'm trying to develop some intuition for why factor prices are independent of factor endowments in a small open economy (in a standard Heckscher-Ohlin 2x2x2 setting with diversification and no factor ...
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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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What does 'currency convertibility' mean?

As a student with almost zero background in economics, I've been struggling to comprehend the notion of the currency convertibility. Most of the definitons I've found online talk about the ease with ...
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Testing the Marshall-Lerner Condition

Assuming initially £1=$2 Exports Px £100 QDx1 500 Export Revenue £50,000 Imports Pm1 £50 QDm1 1000 Import Spending £50,000 Trade Balance = £0 After a 10% depreciation of the £ Assuming PEDx = -0....
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Heckscher-Ohlin with non homothetic preferences [duplicate]

Can someone tell me how I can show with an example that the Heckscher-Ohlin result does not necessarily hold when preferences are not homothetic. I was asked if it similar as a case in which the ...
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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 is affecting its partners, for instance France, Spain and Italy. More specifically, if it goes mainly through Germany's ...
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How does protectionism harm the producers and workers in export sectors in the country implementing the protectionist policies?

According to Protectionism (Protectionism) also reduce trade and adversely affect consumers in general (by raising the cost of imported goods), and harm the producers and workers in export ...
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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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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 today ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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In practice, are retaliatory tariffs the first step (or among the first steps) in the WTO dispute resolution process?

In theory, retaliatory tariffs probably aren't first step in the WTO dispute resolution process. Instead, the dispute is supposed to go through consultations, which take some 6.6-months on average, ...
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Are tariffs ever levied on services and does MFN apply?

I am interested in tariffs on services. Are tariffs ever levied on services and do most-favoured nation rules apply as they do with goods?
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Are there agreements in place between the EU and the US to facilitate trade in services?

What agreements are in place between the EU and the US to facilitate trade in services?