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The Effect of Distance on International Trade: A Meta-Analysis

Author: Bc. Anna Tlustá
Year: 2015 - summer
Leaders: doc. PhDr. Tomáš Havránek Ph.D.
Work type: Bachelors
Language: English
Pages: 63
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Abstract: Over the time the effect of distance has became an essential component for
understanding international trade flows. The main goal of my bachelor thesis is
to collect specific data from each study concerning the distance effect and design
meta-analysis based on this dataset. I build my work on the data published by
Anne-Celia Disdier and Keith Head (The puzzling persistence of the distance
effect on bilateral trade) that were relevant in 2006. I examine 1470 estimates
reported in 130 studies. Since the previous meta-analysis does not include all
required methods to reveal the publication bias, I focus mainly on this issue by
incorporating all the appropriate tests. Finally, I disprove the argument that
distance effects on bilateral trade decline over time and I explain the presence
of heterogeneity among the estimates.




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