Trade costs as determinants of international trade: religion, quality, borders, and preferences

The first chapter investigates the possible ways that religion influences international trade patterns. Using a gravity equation approach the chapter finds that religions have different impacts on trade and that religious openness boosts the trade performance
Chapter 2 develops a simple theoretical model that includes vertical product differentiation in a heterogeneous firms' trade model. The model yields several predicitons for which strong empirical support is found using detailed export data
The main purpose of chapter 3 is to develop a method to improve the estimation of border effects using data on regional transportation flows. Applying this method to the case of France and Germany our results indicate that both countries exhibit a strong border effect
The laste chapter examines the impact of a reform of a preferential market access scheme on textiles and clothing exports of Least Developed Countries. It yields evidence that the reform substantially improved these countries' exports


Publication infos:
Genève, Institut universitaire de hautes études internationales, 2007
Publication year:
2007
Number of pages:
167 p.
PhD Director(s):
Directeur de thèse: Professeur Richard Baldwin
Call number:
HEITH 730



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