A Provincial View of Economic Integration

Author/Editor:

Michael W. Klein ; Tamim Bayoumi

Publication Date:

April 1, 1997

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Summary:

This paper develops a method of testing levels of economic integration based upon consumption smoothing, and tests it using data on trade balances across Canadian provinces. The results indicate the provinces are highly integrated within Canada, but integration between Canada and the rest of the world is partial. Provincial trade balances respond only about half as much to events in the rest of the world as they do to events within Canada. In short, national borders appear to matter for intertemporal trade.

Series:

Working Paper No. 97/41

Subject:

Notes:

Also published in Staff Papers, Vol. 44, No. 4, December 1997.

English

Publication Date:

April 1, 1997

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451846065/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0411997

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

29

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