Tarek Hassan, Assistant Professor of Finance
Summary: To test whether the existence of migrants networks facilitate trade of US States and Canadian Provinces with Eastern and Central European countries following the fall of the iron curtain, we collect four main datasets, two for the US and two for Canada:
US decennial Census: we extract data on the country of origin of the person, their parents, or grandparents. Since 1980, a question has been added about ancestry, which we collect as well.
Canadian Population Census: we also extract data about the country of origin.
US trade: the Foreign Division of the US Census Bureau collects data on import and export by US State, destination/origin country, and product category.
Canadian trade: Statistics Canada also collects data on imports and exports by Canadian Provinces, origin/destination country (or US State), and product category.
We complement these datasets with data on aggregate bilateral trade flows between country pairs, but product category, as well as national accounts data (GDP and sector sizes), and geographic information. Those data come from the UN COMTRADE database. Several of these datasets are not freely accessible but have to be purchased. In addition, some of the data are not available in a readily accessible format. The decennial censuses for instance contain information on pdf files, from which the data have to be extracted. Some trade data that are freely accessible only allow for very simple queries, which have to then be automated and repeated. Those tasks require some labor intensive inputs for which we will hire Research Assistants.