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Trade distance functions and the derivation of inverse demand for imports
Wong,K. K.G.
Source PublicationApplied Economics
ABS Journal Level2
ISSN14664283 00036846

This article introduces a new representation of trade preferences termed as the trade distance function, which measures the maximum amount by which import quantities must be deflated or inflated to reach the indifference surface. The properties of this function are discussed and employed to derive systems of inverse demand for imported goods. We illustrate its usefulness by proposing two new parametric forms of trade distance functions. While the trade distance function directly yields Hicksian inverse demand functions of imports, they usually lack closed-form representations in terms of observable variables. This problem, however, need not hinder estimation and could be solved by using the numerical inversion estimation method. Results generally indicate that the suggested modelling and estimation methods are operationally, implying that the trade distance function approach is a promising tool of the empirical analysis of import demands subjected to tight theoretical conditions. © 2013 Taylor & Francis.

KeywordNumerical Inversion Trade Distance Functions Trade Utility Functions
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WOS Research AreaBusiness & Economics
WOS SubjectEconomics
WOS IDWOS:000318355400008
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AffiliationDepartment of EconomicsFSHThe University of Macau,Macao
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Wong,K. K.G.. Trade distance functions and the derivation of inverse demand for imports[J]. Applied Economics,2019,45(29):4160-4168.
APA Wong,K. K.G..(2019).Trade distance functions and the derivation of inverse demand for imports.Applied Economics,45(29),4160-4168.
MLA Wong,K. K.G.."Trade distance functions and the derivation of inverse demand for imports".Applied Economics 45.29(2019):4160-4168.
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