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Trade Openness and Volatility, Andrei Levchenko, Julian Di Giovanni

This paper examines the mechanisms through which output volatility is related to trade openness using an industry-level panel dataset of manufacturing production and trade. The main results are threefold. First, sectors more open to international trade are more volatile. Second, trade is accompanied by increased specialization. Third, sectors that are more open are less correlated with the rest of the economy. The point estimates indicate that each of the three effects has an appreciable impact on aggregate volatility. Added together they imply that the relationship between trade openness and overall volatility is positive and economically significant
Table Of Contents
Contents; I. Introduction; II. Empirical Strategy and Data; A. Empirical Strategy; B. Additional Methodological Issues; C. Data and Summary Statistics; III. Results; A. Trade and Volatility within a Sector; B. Trade and Sector Comovement; C. Trade and Specialization; IV. The Impact on Aggregate Volatility; A. The Relationship between Each Channel and the Aggregate Volatility; B. The Impact Across Countries and Over Time; C. Country Characteristics and the Impact on Aggregate Volatility; D. Changes in the Impact on Aggregate Volatility Across Decades; V. Conclusion; Appendices
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non fiction
"June 2008."
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1 online resource (62 p.)
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