Trade Openness and Volatility

Author/Editor:

Andrei A Levchenko ; Julian Di Giovanni

Publication Date:

June 1, 2008

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper examines the mechanisms through which output volatility is related to trade openness using an industry-level panel dataset of manufacturing production and trade. The main results are threefold. First, sectors more open to international trade are more volatile. Second, trade is accompanied by increased specialization. Third, sectors that are more open are less correlated with the rest of the economy. The point estimates indicate that each of the three effects has an appreciable impact on aggregate volatility. Added together they imply that the relationship between trade openness and overall volatility is positive and economically significant.

Series:

Working Paper No. 08/146

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

June 1, 2008

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451870046/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2008146

Format:

Paper

Pages:

60

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