Authors: Peter B. Dixon and Maureen T. Rimmer
This paper describes historical and decomposition simulations undertaken for 1992 to 1998 with a 500-sector CGE model of the US. The historical simulation provides estimates of movements in unobservable technology and preference variables. The decomposition simulation explains developments in the US economy in terms of movements in these variables and in observable exogenous variables such as tariffs. Both simulations produce many results. Here we use decomposition results to show that rapid growth in US international trade is explained mainly by technology changes that reduced costs in export-oriented industries and increased inputs of commodities are heavily imported.
JEL Classification:C68, F14
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The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 80(s1) 2004, pages S13-S23, 09.
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