Report Number

1997-002

Abstract

Much empirical international trade reserach requires a careful analysis of bilateral trade patterns. In this paper we examine a commonly used technique called the gravity equation. Though the use of the gravity equation on aggregate data is well-grounded in monopolistic competition trade theory, we show that central predictions necessary for its derivation can be rejected with simple tests on disaggregated data

Keywords

International Trade

Date of this Version

1997

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