International trade has grown rapidly over the past half century, accommodated by the transportation industry through concomitant growth and technological change. But while the connection between transport and trade flows is clear, the academic literature often looks at these two issues separately. This Handbook is unique in pulling together the key insights of each field while highlighting what we know about their intersection and ideas for future research in this relatively unexamined but growing area of study.
After presenting the latest data and modeling techniques used to explain global trade patterns, the chapters address directly the core theme of the Handbook: the intersection of international trade and transportation costs. Other key topics examined include trade facilitation, trade networks, and the role of transport costs in offshoring, foreign investment location, and the role of intermediary firms.
The Handbook is an excellent primer on the essential concepts and references in international trade and transport for scholars who may have their primary expertise in one of these areas, but are not as familiar with the other. It will also be an invaluable resource for advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, and other researchers who are relatively new to either field.
‘In international trade, like in all of economics, we can ask the three classic questions: what is trade, how is it traded, and for whom is it traded? While much research in international trade is devoted to what and for whom, this important volume is devoted to the second question: how are goods traded between countries? Answering that question brings us quickly into issues of infrastructure, logistics, networks, and transport costs, as well as the agents of international trade. This volume will be immensely useful for economists and those in other fields who want to understand how trade actually occurs.’
– Robert C. Feenstra, University of California, Davis, US
Contributors: L. Alfaro, S.L. Baier, K. Behrens, B.A. Blonigen, B.S. Blum, W.M. Brown, J. Carballo, Y.-T. Chang, M.X. Chen, S. Claro, J.J. Corbett, J. Damnjanoviæ, P. de Langen, F.J. Díez, P.H. Egger, L. Fan, H. Görg, A. Hanley, J.D. Ho, I.J. Horstmann, M.N. Jovanoviæ, A. Kerr, X. Li, F. Lin, H. Meersman, D. Miljkovic, M.O. Moore, J. Mora, J. Njegiæ, T. Notteboom, P. O'Neill, K.H. Park, S. Russell Riggs, P. Saragiotis, G. Schaur, A.C. Spearot, C. Sys, W.K. Talley, E. Van de Voorde, T. Vanelslander, C. Volpe Martincus, W.W. Wilson, J.J. Winebrake, Y. Wolfmayr, Y.V. Yotov, A. Zhang, S. Zhang, Y. Zhang, Z. Zhang.
Edited by Bruce A. Blonigen, Philip H. Knight Professor of Social Science and Dean for Faculty and Operations, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Oregon and Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research and Wesley W. Wilson, Professor of Economics, University of Oregon, US.