wiiw Import Demand Elasticities

March 2017

For the comparison of the impact of different trade policies it is often necessary to make use of import demand elasticities answering the question: ‘What would be the percentage change in import quantities if the price of the imported good increased by 1%?’

Our dataset provides unilateral import demand elasticities estimated for 167 countries and more than 5,000 products at the 6-digit level of the Harmonised System over the period 1996-2014. The corresponding publication in addition illustrates results along various country and product characteristics.

This work was produced as part of the PRONTO (Productivity, Non-Tariff Measures and Openness). The project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 613504.

The data can also be downloaded from the PRONTO project website via the following link.

Pronto EU


This dataset is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

When using the dataset please cite the following paper:

Ghodsi, M., J. Grübler and R. Stehrer (2016), ‘Import Demand Elasticities Revisited', wiiw Working Paper, No. 132, November.




Mahdi Ghodsi


Research Areas: International Trade, Competitiveness and FDI

Keywords: international trade, import demand, elasticity, Open Data

JEL classification: D12, F14