Ethnic Networks and U.S. Exports

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1998

FRB of St. Louis Working Paper No. 2005-069A

University of Nottingham Research Paper No. 2006/05

26 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2006

See all articles by Subhayu Bandyopadhyay

Subhayu Bandyopadhyay

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis - Research Division; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; West Virginia University

Cletus C. Coughlin

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis - Research Division

Howard J. Wall

Lindenwood University - Center for Economics and the Environment

Date Written: March 2006

Abstract

This paper provides new estimates of the effects of ethnic network on U.S. exports. In line with recent research, our dataset is a panel of exports from U.S. states to 29 foreign countries. Our analysis departs from the literature in two ways, both of which have noteworthy empirical consequences. Our main departure is to remove the restriction that the network effect is the same for all ethnicities. In addition, because our dataset contains a time dimension, we are able to control for unobserved heterogeneity with properly specified fixed effects. We find that ethnic-network effects are much larger than has been estimated previously, although they are important only for a subset of countries.

Note: An updated version of this paper can be found at: http://ssrn.com/abstract=877209

Keywords: Ethnic networks, state exports

JEL Classification: F10, R10

Suggested Citation

Bandyopadhyay, Subhayu and Coughlin, Cletus C. and Wall, Howard J., Ethnic Networks and U.S. Exports (March 2006). IZA Discussion Paper No. 1998; FRB of St. Louis Working Paper No. 2005-069A; University of Nottingham Research Paper No. 2006/05. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=840126

Subhayu Bandyopadhyay (Contact Author)

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Cletus C. Coughlin

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis - Research Division ( email )

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Saint Louis, MO 63011
United States

Howard J. Wall

Lindenwood University - Center for Economics and the Environment ( email )

209 S. Kingshighway
St. Charles, MO 63301
United States

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