Determinants of Argentina’s External Trade

Author/Editor:

Elisabetta Falcetti ; Luis Catão

Publication Date:

September 1, 1999

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper presents new estimates of export and import equations for Argentina, using a broader set of variables than previous studies and distinguishing between intra- and extra-MERCOSUR trade. It measures the importance of relative price versus income effects in accounting for the higher trade deficit during the 1990s, and examines whether foreign trade elasticities have increased as a result of structural changes in the economy. It finds that the high income elasticity of imports and the responsiveness of exports to changes in world commodity prices, domestic absorption, and economic activity in Brazil have been key determinants of Argentina’s trade balance.

Series:

Working Paper No. 99/121

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

September 1, 1999

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451854367/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1211999

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

35

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