ESCAP - World Bank: International Trade Cost Database

Author/Source: UNESCAP, World Bank

Year of adopting/publication: 2014

Link to the document on the internet: Available here

UN Document Number: ST/ESCAP/2683

Purpose: To provide estimates of bilateral trade costs in agriculture and manufactured goods for the period 1995-2010.

Summary: The database is built on trade and production data collected in 178 countries. Symmetric bilateral trade costs are computed using the Inverse Gravity Framework (Novy 2009), which estimates trade costs for each country pair using bilateral trade and gross national output. Trade costs are available for two sectors: trade in manufactured goods, and agriculture. Energy is excluded.

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