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IRES Lunch Seminar - Jean-François Maystadt, IRES/LIDAM, UCLouvain
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Jean-François Maystadt


will give a presentation on

The Gravity of Distance : Evidence from a Trade Embargo


On June 5, 2017, an airspace blockade has been imposed on the state of Qatar by four of its neighbours: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, and Egypt. In this paper, we exploit the exogenous increase in air transportation cost to examine the effect of increased travel distance on bilateral trade. Based on a gravity model estimated with a Poisson pseudo-maximum likelihood, we find a distance elasticity of trade close to -0.6. Such effects are mainly driven by changes in imports. Our findings revise downwards cross-sectional estimates of the distance elasticity of trade. However, they confirm the estimates from more recent literature that exploit similar time-varying shocks to distance.

with Afnan Al-Malk and Maurizio Zanardi

Link to the seminar

17 November
12:45 - 14:00
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