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Taking the measure of things: the role of measurement in EU trade

Choudhary, MA, Temple, P and Zhao, L (2011) Taking the measure of things: the role of measurement in EU trade Empirica, forthc. ISSN 0340-8744

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Abstract

In this paper theoretical and empirical models of intra-industry trade are developed in which economic activities, based on measurement and an associated measurement infrastructure, play a role in creating product variety. The paper discusses how the measurement infrastructure which includes institutions conducting metrological research and standard setting organization reduces transactions costs, especially in markets where differences in product characteristics are important. The theoretical analysis focuses on the public good characteristics of the measurement infrastructure, considering how the infrastructure impacts upon trade in a model based upon product differentiation under monopolistic competition. In the econometric analysis, indicators of the strength of the infrastructure within the EU, both across industries and across countries, suggest that measurement activities are important in determining the extent of bi-lateral EU intra-industry trade. Despite many common elements in the measurement infrastructure across the EU, there is also some evidence of differential access to the infrastructure among EU members.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Economics and Law > Economics
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2012 13:59
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2014 01:40
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/435675

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