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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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(p.109) 6 Conclusions
Product Variety and the Gains from International Trade

Robert C. Feenstra

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This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the measurement of product variety of imports and exports and the gains from trade due to product variety. The findings indicate that trade gives results quite similar to real openness because it has a positive real gross domestic product (GDP). The results also challenge the conventional wisdom that small countries gain the most from international trade. This chapter also highlights the importance of trade in promoting higher GDP and real incomes.

Keywords:   gains from trade, product variety, imports, exports, real openness, real GDP, small countries, international trade

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