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How Does Trade Evolve in the Aftermath of Financial Crises?

Author/Editor: Abiad, Abdul | Mishra, Prachi | Topalova, Petia
Authorized for Distribution: January 1, 2011
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Summary: We analyze trade dynamics following past episodes of financial crises. Using an augmented gravity model and 179 crisis episodes from 1970-2009, we find that there is a sharp decline in a country’s imports in the year following a crisis-19 percent, on average-and this decline is persistent, with imports recovering to their gravity-predicted levels only after 10 years. In contrast, exports of the crisis country are not adversely affected, and they remain close to the predicted level in both the short and medium-term.
 
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Series: Working Paper No. 11/3
Subject(s): Bilateral trade | Cross country analysis | Economic models | Financial crisis | Imports | Time series
Author's keyword(s): trade | financial crises
 
English  
    Published:   January 1, 2011        
            Format:   Paper
    Stock No:   WPIEA2011003   Pages:   54
    Price:   US$18.00 (Academic Rate: US$18.00 )
       
     
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