Borders redrawn: Measuring the statistical creation of international trade

Crespo Cuaresma J & Roser M (2012). Borders redrawn: Measuring the statistical creation of international trade. The World Economy 35 (7): 946-952. DOI:10.1111/j.1467-9701.2012.01454.x.

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Abstract

In this note, we quantify how much of the increase in the volume of international trade that took place since 1945 is attributed to the reclassification of within-country trade to international trade owing to changes in national boundaries. We do so by imposing the territorial delimitations corresponding to 1946 to the current trade flow data, thus quantifying the volume of international trade that would not have been labeled international given national boundaries right after the end of World War II. Our result show that the effect of "boundary redrawing" corresponds roughly to 1 percent of the total volume of international trade. If colonial trade had been statistically considered to be within-country (within-empire) trade instead of international trade, the independence of colonies would have raised this effect to approximately 3 percent of total trade.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: World Population (POP)
Bibliographic Reference: The World Economy; 35(7):946-952 (July 2012) (Published online 17 July 2012)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:46
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2016 13:37
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/9916

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