CIA Interventions, Tariff Changes, and Trade During the Cold War: A Variation and New Results

Econ Journal Watch, Volume 13, Issue 2, May 2016

Posted: 17 Dec 2014 Last revised: 29 May 2016

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Bruno Coric

University of Split Faculty of Economics

Date Written: May 29, 2016

Abstract

An American Economic Review article by Daniel Berger, William Easterly, Nathan Nunn, and Shanker Satyanath (2013), “Commercial Imperialism? Political Influence and Trade During the Cold War,” finds a strong effect of the CIA interventions on imports of U.S. products. I test their results for robustness by using a different data set, and my estimates support most of the results reported by Berger and coauthors. However, my estimates indicate that the detected increase in imports from the U.S. also can be explained by changes in tariffs, which are not related to CIA interventions.

Keywords: international trade, imports, political influence, Cold War, CIA interventions

JEL Classification: F14, P16

Suggested Citation

Coric, Bruno, CIA Interventions, Tariff Changes, and Trade During the Cold War: A Variation and New Results (May 29, 2016). Econ Journal Watch, Volume 13, Issue 2, May 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2538976 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2538976

Bruno Coric (Contact Author)

University of Split Faculty of Economics ( email )

Split, HR-21000
Croatia

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