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Exporting behavior of foreign affiliates: Theory and evidence

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  • Lu, Jiangyong
  • Lu, Yi
  • Tao, Zhigang

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Firms have increasingly conducted different stages of production in different countries. In particular, they may set up operations in low-cost countries (those operations are referred to as foreign affiliates in those countries) either as platforms for export or serving the growing markets there. What is the exporting behavior of foreign affiliates? In this paper, using data from China, we find that among foreign affiliates exporters are less productive than non-exporters. We then offer a theoretical explanation by incorporating into the standard firm heterogeneity model the possibility that firms could have different stages of production in different countries.

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

Volume (Year): 81 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (July)
Pages: 197-205

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Handle: RePEc:eee:inecon:v:81:y:2010:i:2:p:197-205

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Keywords: Foreign affiliates Exporting behavior Firm heterogeneity;

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