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Intra-firm trade and product contractibility (Long Version)

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  • Andrew B. Bernard
  • Stephen Redding

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This paper examines the determinants of intra-firm trade in U.S. imports using detailed countryproductdata. We create a new measure of product contractibility based on the degree ofintermediation in international trade for the product. We find important roles for the interaction ofcountry and product characteristics in determining intra-firm trade shares. Intra-firm trade is high forproducts with low levels of contractability sourced from countries with weak governance, for skillintensiveproducts from skill-scarce countries, and for capital-intensive products from capitalabundantcountries.

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Paper provided by London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library in its series LSE Research Online Documents on Economics with number 48899.

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Date of creation: May 2010
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Handle: RePEc:ehl:lserod:48899

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Keywords: Related party trade; imports; contract theory; contractibility; intermedication; human capital; physical capital;

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  1. Egger, Peter & Seidel, Tobias, 2013. "Corporate taxes and intra-firm trade," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 63(C), pages 225-242.
  2. Corcos, G. & Irac, D. & Mion, G. & Verdier, T., 2012. "The determinants of intrafirm trade: Evidence from French firms," Working papers 362, Banque de France.
  3. Díez, Federico J., 2014. "The asymmetric effects of tariffs on intra-firm trade and offshoring decisions," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 93(1), pages 76-91.
  4. Goswami, Arti Grover, 2013. "Vertical FDI versus outsourcing: The role of technology transfer costs," The North American Journal of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 25(C), pages 1-21.
  5. Aleksandar Zaklan, 2013. "Why Do Emitters Trade Carbon Permits?: Firm-Level Evidence from the European Emission Trading Scheme," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 1275, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
  6. Basco, Sergi, 2013. "Financial development and the product cycle," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 94(C), pages 295-313.
  7. Otaviano Canuto & Mark A. Dutz & José Guilherme Reis, 2010. "Technological Learning and Innovation : Climbing a Tall Ladder," World Bank Other Operational Studies 10167, The World Bank.

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