Berger, Helge ;  Nitsch, Volker ;  ;  Universität <Berlin, Freie Universität> / Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaft

Main titleGotcha!
Subtitlea profile of smuggling in international trade
AuthorBerger, Helge
AuthorNitsch, Volker
InstitutionUniversität <Berlin, Freie Universität> / Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaft
No. of Pages26 S.
Series ; 2008,6 : Volkswirtschaftliche Reihe
Keywordscorruption; illicit; illegal; trade; statistics; tariffs
Classification (DDC)337 International economics
339 Macroeconomics and related topics
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AbstractThis paper explores official trade data to identify patterns of smuggling in international trade. Our main measure of interest is the difference in matched partner trade statistics, i.e., the extent to which the recorded export value in the source country deviates from the reported import value in the destination country. Analyzing 4-digit product level data for the world’s five largest importers for the period from 2002-2006, we find that the reporting gaps are highly correlated with the level of corruption in both partner countries. This finding supports the hypothesis that trade gaps partly represent smuggling activities.
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FU DepartmentDepartment Business and Economics
Other affiliation(s)Lehrstuhl für Geldtheorie und Geldpolitik
Year of publication2008
Type of documentBook
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