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Estimating Trade Elasticities: Demand Composition and the Trade Collapse of 2008-09

Matthieu Bussière, Giovanni Callegari, Fabio Ghironi, Giulia Sestieri, Norihiko Yamano

NBER Working Paper No. 17712
Issued in December 2011

---- Acknowledgements -----

For helpful comments and discussions at various stages of this project, we thank James Anderson, Philippe Bacchetta, Andrew Bernard, Michele Cavallo, Steven Davis, Robert Feenstra, Joseph Gruber, Luca Guerrieri, Elhanan Helpman, Leonardo Iacovone, Jean Imbs, Olivier Jeanne, Robert Kollmann, John Leahy, Benjamin Mandel, Andrew Rose, Katheryn Russ, Linda Tesar, Shang-Jin Wei, and seminar and conference participants at ASSA 2011, the Banque de France, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Brandeis University, BRUEGEL, the ECB, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the NBER ITI Spring 2011 meeting, the workshop on "Challenges in Open Economy Macroeconomics after the Financial Crisis" at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and the BdF/PSE Conference on "The Financial Crisis: Lessons for International Macroeconomics." We are grateful to Jonathan Hoddenbagh for carefully reviewing our theoretical work. Remaining errors are our responsibility. Work on this paper was done while Callegari was an Economist at the International Monetary Fund, and Ghironi was a Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. The support of these institutions is acknowledged with gratitude. The views expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect official views or policies of the Banque de France, the European Central Bank, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the International Monetary Fund, the National Bureau of Economic Research, or the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

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