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Market Access and the Evolution of within Plant Productivity in Chile

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  • Maria Bas
  • Ivan Ledezma

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This paper studies the impact of trade reforms on the evolution of plant's productivity in Chile (1979-2000). The main contribution of the paper is to construct detailed measures of trade liberalization disentangling the impact of export and import oriented policies. We find evidence of a positive impact of export oriented policies on productivity of traded sectors relative to non traded. On the other hand, the reduction of import barriers might have a positive impact on productivity in export oriented sectors, but it hurts local firms in import competing ones probably due to the existence of increasing returns.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 2077.

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Keywords: firm heterogeneity; trade reforms; productivity gains; plant’s panel data;

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