Quotation Donaubauer, Julian, Glas, Alexander, Meyer, Birgit Elisabeth, Nunnenkamp, Peter. 2018. Disentangling the impact of infrastructure on trade using a new index of infrastructure. Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv (Review of World Economics).




Making use of considerably improved measures of infrastructure, the study assesses the impact of infrastructure on bilateral trade for a panel of 150 developed and emerging economies during the period 1992–2011. The authors make use of a gravity approach to disentangle the impact of infrastructure on trade and trade costs. Improving infrastructure endowments and quality decreases trade costs and increases international trade flows. Countries with improved infrastructure reduce not only bilateral trade costs but also multilateral trade costs. The decomposition of effects indicates that better infrastructure encourages higher export flows relative to domestic trade flows. Main results of the study prove to be robust, also when considering distinct trade categories (consumption goods, intermediates, and capital goods) for a smaller sample.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Review of World Economics
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new VW-D
Language English
Title Disentangling the impact of infrastructure on trade using a new index of infrastructure
Year 2018
Reviewed? Y
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s10290-018-0322-8
Open Access N


Meyer, Birgit Elisabeth (Former researcher)
Donaubauer, Julian (Helmut-Schmidt-Universität Hamburg, Germany)
Glas, Alexander (Universität Heidelberg, Germany)
Nunnenkamp, Peter (Kiel Institut für Weltwirtschaft, Germany)
Department of Economics (Badinger) (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5323 Econometrics (Details)
5332 Transport economics (Details)
5334 Political economic policy (Details)
5344 Foreign trade (Details)
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