NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
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Trade Integration and Risk Sharing

Aart Kraay, Jaume Ventura

NBER Working Paper No. 8804
Issued in February 2002
NBER Program(s):IFM, ITI

What are the effects of increased trade in goods and services on the trade balance? We study the effects of reducing transport costs in a Ricardian model with complete asset markets. Trade integration has three effects on the structure of the economy: a reduction in the home bias in consumption, an increase in the degree of international competition in goods markets, and a reduction in real exchange rate volatility. The reduction in the home bias increases the volatility of the trade balance regardless of the source of shocks. Except for the case where supply shocks lead to counter-cyclical trade balances, (i) the increase in international competition also increases the volatility of the trade balance; and (ii) the reduction in real exchange rate volatility increases the volatility of the trade balance if risk aversion is low but lowers it if risk aversion is high. The opposite applies when supply shocks lead to counter-cyclical trade balances. We calibrate the model to U.S. data and provide a quantitative assessment of the effects of increased trade in services on the trade balance.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w8804

Published: Kraay, Aart and Jaume Ventura. "Trade Integration And Risk Sharing," European Economic Review, 2002, v46(6,Jun), 1023-1048. citation courtesy of

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