Aggregravity: Estimating gravity models from aggregate data

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This article considers alternative methods to estimate econometric models based on bilateral data when only aggregate information on the dependent variable is available. Such methods can be used to obtain an indication of the sign and magnitude of bilateral model parameters and, more importantly, to decompose aggregate into bilateral data, which can then be used as proxy variables in further empirical analyses. We perform a Monte Carlo study and carry out a simple real world application using intra-EU trade and capital flows, showing that the methods considered work reasonably well and are worthwhile being considered in the absence of bilateral data.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2119 - 2126
JournalApplied Economics
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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