Bilateral Trade Elasticity of Serbia: Is There a J-Curve Effect?


  • Safet Kurtovic University of Travnik
  • Blerim Halili University Union Nikola Tesla
  • Nehat Maxhuni University Union Nikola Tesla



JSerbia, J-curve, Marshall-Lerner conditions, Trade balance


We assess the bilateral elasticity effect of real exchange rate depreciation on the export and import demand functions of Serbia and its nine leading trade partners. Analysing quarterly data for the 2004-2015 period, we find the presence of a J-curve effect in the cases of Germany, Austria and Croatia. In contrast, we find that the Marshall-Lerner conditions are fulfilled in the case of bilateral trade with Austria. Finally, in our estimates the elasticity to income has a greater impact on the export and import demand functions than the elasticity to the exchange rate.


JEL Classification: F14, F31, F32

Author Biographies

Safet Kurtovic, University of Travnik

Faculty of Management and Business Economics

Blerim Halili, University Union Nikola Tesla

Faculty of Engineering Management

Nehat Maxhuni, University Union Nikola Tesla

Faculty of Engineering Management


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How to Cite

Kurtovic, S., Halili, B., & Maxhuni, N. (2017). Bilateral Trade Elasticity of Serbia: Is There a J-Curve Effect?. PSL Quarterly Review, 70(281), 185–196.