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Export activity, persistence and mark-ups

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  • Lourdes Moreno Martin
  • Diego Rodriguez Rodriguez

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This article addresses the differences in margins across exporting and nonexporting firms. We jointly estimate a translog cost function, a variable factor share equation and price-cost margin equations to analyse the effect of persistence in export activity on margins. Results indicate that nonexporters have smaller margins than persistent exporters and firms that entered foreign markets during the nineties. However, larger export ratio is negatively associated with margins for persistent exporters. It suggests that efficiency advantages for exporters are partially compensated by higher competitive pressure in international markets. These results are in accordance with the predictions of Melitz and Ottaviano (2005).

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Economics.

Volume (Year): 42 (2010)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 475-488

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Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:42:y:2010:i:4:p:475-488

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Cited by:
  1. Moreno, L & Rodríguez, D, 2010. "Markups, bargaining power and offshoring: an empirical assessment," MPRA Paper 23587, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Diego Rodriguez & Lourdes Moreno, 2013. "The effect of international trade on markups distribution," Economics and Business Letters, Oviedo University Press, vol. 2(1).
  3. Luis C. Corchón & Lourdes Moreno, 2010. "Interpreting markups in Spanish manufacturing: the exponential model," Economics Working Papers we1030, Universidad Carlos III, Departamento de Economía.
  4. Barajas, A. & Huergo, E. & Moreno, L., 2012. "The Impact of International Research Joint Ventures on SMEs Performance," MPRA Paper 36306, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  5. Saara Tamminen & Chang Han-Hsin, 2012. "Company heterogeneity and mark-up variability," Working Papers 32, Government Institute for Economic Research Finland (VATT).

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