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Freight transportation costs and the thickening of the US–Mexico border

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Border regulatory requirements and administrative practices changed subsequent to the September 11, 2001 (9/11), terrorist attacks in the United States. Research in this study examines the manners in which transportation cost data for merchandise imports from Mexico behaved before and after 2001. Evidence is obtained that confirms results earlier tabulated for imports from Canada. Empirical results further indicate that, beyond freight cost changes, growth in the value of imports from Mexico was disrupted by events associated with the aftermath of 9/11.

Keywords: F15; M21; R15; border economics; freight costs; international trade; terrorism

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Economics & Finance, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX, 79968-0543, USA

Publication date: April 13, 2014

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