The Contribution of Data to Advances in Research in International Trade: An Agenda for the Next Decade

6 Pages Posted: 12 Aug 2011

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Jonathan Eaton

Pennsylvania State University, College of the Liberal Arts - Department of Economic

Samuel S. Kortum

University of Chicago - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: September 2010

Abstract

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‚Äźmakers 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.

Suggested Citation

Eaton, Jonathan and Kortum, Samuel S., The Contribution of Data to Advances in Research in International Trade: An Agenda for the Next Decade (September 2010). American Economic Association, Ten Years and Beyond: Economists Answer NSF's Call for Long-Term Research Agendas. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1888627 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1888627

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