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Product Variety and the Gains from International Trade$
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Robert C. Feenstra

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262062800

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262062800.001.0001

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The Extensive Margin of Trade and Country Productivity

The Extensive Margin of Trade and Country Productivity

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(p.57) 4 The Extensive Margin of Trade and Country Productivity
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Product Variety and the Gains from International Trade
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Robert C. Feenstra

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262062800.003.0004

This chapter provides a more detailed analysis of the measurement of product variety in trade. It shows how to construct the extensive margin of exports using import data for a country from its partners and the world and the extensive margin of imports using export data for a country from its partners and the world. It also describes the application of extensive margin of exports to a study by Robert Feenstra and Hiau Looi Kee in order to estimate the gains from variety growth for 48 countries exporting to the U.S. over 1980 to 2000.

Keywords:   product variety, trade, extensive margin, imports, exports, variety growth, U.S.

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