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dc.contributor.authorPomfret, R.en
dc.contributor.authorSourdin, P.en
dc.date.issued2010en
dc.identifier.citationReview of World Economics, 2010; 146(4):709-730en
dc.identifier.issn1610-2878en
dc.identifier.issn1610-2886en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2440/62833-
dc.description.abstractAs tariffs have fallen, it is apparent that trade costs are a significant obstacle to international trade and that they vary from country to country. The gap between the cif and fob value of a trade flow is a useful measure of aggregate trade costs, but only if the measure is based on a consistent volume of trade; mirror statistics are unsuitable. Using high quality Australian import data disaggregated at the HS 6-digit level, we find large country-by-country variations in trade costs. Distance, weight and size account for part of the variation in trade costs. Indicators of institutional quality pick up some of the variation in trade costs, but the relationship is not uniform across mode of transport and commodities; exporting countries’ institutional quality is more strongly related to trade costs for air freight than sea freight, and the relationship is commodity-specific and strongest for manufactured goods. Country-specific characteristics influencing trade costs provide a link between institutions and economic development.en
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityRichard Pomfret and Patricia Sourdinen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSpringer-Verlagen
dc.rights© Kiel Institute 2010en
dc.subjectTrade costs; Trade facilitationen
dc.titleWhy do trade costs vary?en
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.identifier.rmid0020101827en
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s10290-010-0072-8en
dc.identifier.pubid32773-
pubs.library.collectionEconomics publicationsen
pubs.verification-statusVerifieden
pubs.publication-statusPublisheden
dc.identifier.orcidPomfret, R. [0000-0002-1950-5856]en
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