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Development through synergistic reforms

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  • Rauch, James E.

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For many less developed countries production of high quality output is a precondition for firms to become exporters. Institutional deficiencies that raise costs of high quality production therefore limit the positive impact that trade facilitation can have on income. Consequently, institutional reforms that reduce costs of high quality production and trade reform have synergistic effects. In contrast, institutional reforms that reduce costs of low quality production (e.g., reforms that disproportionately benefit small businesses) interfere with the impact of trade reform. We obtain these results in a heterogeneous firm model that displays standard "industry rationalization" responses to reduced trade costs.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Development Economics.

Volume (Year): 93 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (November)
Pages: 153-161

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Handle: RePEc:eee:deveco:v:93:y:2010:i:2:p:153-161

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Keywords: Development Heterogeneous firms Institutional reform Synergy;

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  1. Hallak, Juan Carlos & Sivadasan, Jagadeesh, 2011. "Firms' Exporting Behavior under Quality Constraints," Working Papers 628, Research Seminar in International Economics, University of Michigan.
  2. James E. Rauch, 2013. "Employee Spinouts, Social Networks, and Family Firms," NBER Working Papers 19727, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. Paul Brenton & Christian Saborowski & Erik von Uexkull, 2010. "What Explains the Low Survival Rate of Developing Country Export Flows?," World Bank Economic Review, World Bank Group, vol. 24(3), pages 474-499, December.
  4. Dick Nuwamanya Kamuganga, 2012. "Does Intra-Africa Regional Trade Cooperation Enhance Africa’s Export Survival?," IHEID Working Papers 16-2012, Economics Section, The Graduate Institute of International Studies.
  5. Richard Chisik, 2010. "Trade Disputes, Quality Choice, and Economic Integration," Working Papers 022, Ryerson University, Department of Economics.
  6. Hallak, Juan Carlos & Sivadasan, Jagadeesh, 2008. "Productivity, quality and exporting behavior under minimum quality constraints," MPRA Paper 24146, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  7. Ayyagari, Meghana & Demirguc-Kunt, Asli & Maksimovic, Vojislav, 2011. "Small vs. young firms across the world : contribution to employment, job creation, and growth," Policy Research Working Paper Series 5631, The World Bank.

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