Journal Article

Does International Trade Catch Up with National Trade of Countries? Yes


  • Langhammer
  • R.J.
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The article applies an index suggested by Jeffrey Frankel on how to measure the gap between the intensity of national versus international transactions of a country to more than 100 countries over four periods between 1990 and 2005. The gap stands for “incomplete” globalization. It is shown that the gap has steadily declined for most countries over the sample period, irrespective of income levels. While larger economies are still less globalized than small economies, differences in domestic market size have become less important as a dividing line between more and less globalized economies.

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JEL Classification
F11, F13

Key Words

  • degree of globalization
  • internal vs external trade intensity
  • market size
  • trade barriers