An empirical examination of the disaggregated import demand of Korea - The case of information technology products

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Abstract

This article presents an empirical analysis of the import demand for certain information technology products in Korea. These products have been recognized as essential for further economic growth in Korea, as the Korean government aims to transform the economy into one based on information technology. The unrestricted error correction model is used to derive the long run price and income elasticities of import demand, considering the small sample size. The price elasticities are revealed to be quite high in all cases, implying that lowering of the tariff rates would increase the import of those products substantially.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-244
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Asian Economics
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000

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Funding Information:
The author wishes to express his sincere thanks to the anonymous referees’ comments on the earlier version of this paper. However, of course, all remaining errors are entirely the author’s. The author wishes to acknowledge the financial support of the Korea Research Foundation made in the program year of 1997.

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