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Import Penetration, Intermediate Inputs and Productivity: Evidence from Italian Firms

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  • Altomonte, Carlo
  • Barattieri, Alessandro
  • Rungi, Armando

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We test the impact of import penetration on the productivity of a sample of roughly 35,000 Italian manufacturing firms operating in the period 1996-2003, considering the impact on productivity of both import penetration in the same industry and import penetration in the up-stream industries. We find that import penetration has a positive effect on productivity, but the effects are three times as large for import penetration in up-stream industries. Trade-related variables do not account however for the bulk of variation in individual firms' TFP.

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Paper provided by Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) in its series Papers with number DYNREG23.

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Keywords: DYNREG; import penetration; intermediate inputs; productivity;

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  1. Murphy, Gavin & Siedschlag, Iulia, 2012. "The Effect of Real Exchange Rate Changes on Labour Productivity Growth," Papers WP439, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).
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