NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Intra-National versus International Trade: How Stubborn are Nations in Global Integration?

Shang-Jin Wei

NBER Working Paper No. 5531
Issued in April 1996
NBER Program(s):   ITI   IFM

This paper examines the home country bias in the goods market among OECD countries. An average country imports about two and a half times as much from itself as from an otherwise identical foreign country, after controlling for sizes of exporter and importer, their direct distance, geographic positions relative to the rest of the world and a possible linguistic tie. If one believes that the substitutability among goods produced in OECD countries is high, as it seems reasonable, the observed bias implies relatively small non- tariff barriers. Over 1982-94, the home bias of OECD countries as a whole exhibited a slow but steady decline. The bias in a typical member country of the European Community relative to its imports from other member countries showed a fifty percent decline during the period.

download in pdf format
   (1394 K)

email paper

This paper is available as PDF (1394 K) or via email.

Machine-readable bibliographic record - MARC, RIS, BibTeX

Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w5531

Users who downloaded this paper also downloaded these:
Bernard, Jensen, Redding, and Schott w13054 Firms in International Trade
Anderson and van Wincoop w8079 Gravity with Gravitas: A Solution to the Border Puzzle
Deardorff Determinants of Bilateral Trade: Does Gravity Work in a Neoclassical World?
Wolf w5939 Patterns of Intra- and Inter-State Trade
Helliwell w6027 National Borders, Trade and Migration
 
Publications
Activities
Meetings
NBER Videos
Data
People
About

Support
National Bureau of Economic Research, 1050 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138; 617-868-3900; email: info@nber.org

Contact Us