Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/149303
Authors: 
Kerr, William R.
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 6216
Abstract: 
Migration and trade are often linked through ethnic networks boosting bilateral trade. This study uses migration to quantify the importance of Ricardian technology differences for international trade. The framework provides the first panel estimates connecting country-industry productivity and exports, and the study exploits heterogeneous technology diffusion from immigrant communities in the United States for identification. The latter instruments are developed by combining panel variation on the development of new technologies across U.S. cities with historical settlement patterns for migrants from countries. The instrumented elasticity of export growth on the intensive margin with respect to the exporter’s productivity growth is between 1.6 and 2.4 depending upon weighting. This provides an important contribution to the trade literature of Ricardian advantages, and it establishes a connection of migration to home country exports beyond bilateral networks.
Subjects: 
trade
exports
comparative advantage
technological transfer
patents
innovation
research and development
immigration
networks
JEL: 
F11
F14
F15
F22
J44
J61
L14
O31
O33
O57
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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