Trade Liberalization and New Exporters’ Size: Theory and Evidence
AbstractThis paper tests an empirical implication of Melitz (2003) in the context of falling trade costs, using the EU’s intensive liberalization phase (1993-2002) as a natural experiment. Contrary to the model’s predictions, firms that switch from non-exporting to exporting over the studied period are not concentrated in a particular size range. Our findings, based on a rich data set of French manufacturing enterprises, suggest scope for fine-tuning of the theoretical framework.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Economics Section, The Graduate Institute of International Studies in its series IHEID Working Papers with number 19-2006.
Date of creation: 06 Oct 2006
Date of revision: Oct 2006
Entry; Size Distribution of Firms; Intra-industry trade;
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- F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies
- F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
- L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
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