Import Demand Elasticities and Trade Distortions

@article{Kee2008ImportDE,
  title={Import Demand Elasticities and Trade Distortions},
  author={H. Kee and A. Nicita and M. Olarreaga},
  journal={The Review of Economics and Statistics},
  year={2008},
  volume={90},
  pages={666-682}
}
This paper provides a systematic estimation of import demand elasticities for a broad group of countries at a very disaggregated level of product detail. We use a semiflexible translog GDP function approach to formally derive import demands and their elasticities, which are estimated with data on prices and endowments. Within a theoretically consistent framework, we use the estimated elasticities to construct Feenstra's (1995) simplification of Anderson and Neary's trade restrictiveness index… Expand
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