Quotation Lampe, Markus, Sharp, Paul. 2019. Cliometric Approaches to International Trade. In: Handbook of Cliometrics (2nd ed.), Hrsg. Claude Diebolt, Michael Haupert, 595-632. Heidelberg: Springer.




This chapter gives a broad overview of the literature on the cliometrics of international trade and market integration. We start by motivating this by looking at the lessons from economic theory and, in particular, through the work which considers the effect of trade, openness, and trade policy on growth. Here theory, as well as empirical results, suggests no clear-cut relationship and points to the richness of historical experiences. We then turn to the issue of how to quantify trade and market integration. The former usually relies on customs records and the latter on the availability of prices in different markets. We then go one step back and look at the determinants of trade, usually tested within the framework of the gravity equation, and discuss what factors were behind periods of trade increases and declines and of market integration and disintegration. Finally, as one of the most important determinants of trade, and perhaps the most policy relevant, we include a separate section on trade policy: we both consider the difficulties of constructing a simple quantitative measure and look at what might explain it.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Chapter in edited volume
Language English
Title Cliometric Approaches to International Trade
Title of whole publication Handbook of Cliometrics (2nd ed.)
Editor Claude Diebolt, Michael Haupert
Page from 595
Page to 632
Location Heidelberg
Publisher Springer
Year 2019
Reviewed? Y
URL https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007/978-3-030-00181-0_8
ISBN 9783030001803
Open Access N


Lampe, Markus (Details)
Sharp, Paul (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)
Institute for Economic and Social History IN (Details)
Research Institute for Spatial and Real Estate Economics FI (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5340 Economic history (Details)
6521 Economic history (Details)
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