Metrics Capturing the Degree to which Individual Economies are Globalized
Raymond G. Riezman
University of Iowa - Henry B. Tippie College of Business - Department of Economics; GEP; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)
University of Western Ontario - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research); Centre for International Governance and Innovation (CIGI)
Xiamen University - School of Economics
CESifo Working Paper Series No. 1450
We discuss metrics of globalization for individual economies as distance measures between fully integrated and trade restricted equilibria in economies initially operating under less than full integration with the global economy. Such metrics can be used to construct country globalization metrics reflecting the distance of economies from full global integration due to trade barriers, barriers to factor flows, barriers to international financial intermediation, solved technological diffusion and other economy specific features yielding less than full integration into the global economy. Many distance metrics present themselves and none are wholly satisfactory since they each behave differently across various displacements from integration. Distance measures can, for instance, be small in goods space but large in price space. We present alternative measures constructed for eight OECD economies and comment in a concluding section on other measures used elsewhere in the literature such as trade/GDP ratios.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 38
JEL Classification: F00, F11, F15working papers series
Date posted: April 25, 2005
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