The Contribution of Data to Advances in Research in International Trade: An Agenda for the Next Decade
6 Pages Posted: 12 Aug 2011
Date Written: September 2010
Observations from new sources of data spawned at least two revolutions in research in international trade during the last several decades. Yet many sources of data remain inaccessible to researchers. The situation calls for both the gathering and dissemination of data and the construction of modeling frameworks that can link data of various types at different levels of aggregation. Applying such a framework to the appropriate data will link the aggregate outcomes that policy‐makers focus on with their implications for individual households and producers in the economy. Such an agenda has the potential to confront a wide range of issues. An important one is understanding the connections between the invention and international diffusion of technology and growth, employment, and welfare.
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