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The Determinants of Intra-Firm Trade

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  • Corcos, Gregory
  • Irac, Delphine
  • Mion, Giordano
  • Verdier, Thierry

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How successful is the theory of the firm in explaining intra-firm trade? To answer this question we exploit a unique dataset of 1,141,393 French import transactions, spanning across firm, countries and products in 1999, and reporting whether a transaction is intra-firm. Overall, we find support for the main predictions of the partial equilibrium property-rights approach and further deliver facts that can be useful for further theoretical development. We document substantial within-industry heterogeneity while providing evidence of the importance of the firm dimension of sourcing choices as well as of the key distinction between the extensive and intensive margins.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 7530.

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Keywords: extensive margin; firm heterogeneity; incomplete contracts; intensive margin; internationalization strategies; intra-firm trade; outsourcing; quality of institutions;

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