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Trade liberalization and heterogeneous within-firm productivity improvements

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  • Ledezma, Ivan
  • Bas, Maria

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This paper develops an intra-industry model of trade with heterogeneous firms to investigate the impact of trade on the evolution of within firm productivity. The main contribution is to incorporate endogenous labor productivity gains. Heterogeneous firms have different incentives to invest in foreign technology which in turns enhances efficiency heterogeneously. Trade liberalization reduces the price of imported capital equipment and increases factor demands. These mechanisms introduce two novel results. First, aggregate productivity increases due to within-firm productivity improvements. Second, tarifs reduction has little impact on the extensive margin of trade in countries already highly open.

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Paper provided by Paris Dauphine University in its series Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine with number 123456789/6916.

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Date of creation: Jun 2008
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Publication status: Published in PSE Working Papers, 2008
Handle: RePEc:dau:papers:123456789/6916

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Keywords: Trade liberalization; firm heterogeneity; endogenous productivity gains; extensive margin of trade;

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  1. KONINGS, Jozef & VANDENBUSSCHE, Hylke, 2009. "Antidumping protection hurts exporters : firm-level evidence from France," CORE Discussion Papers 2009042, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).

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