International Productivity Gaps and the Export Status of Firms: Evidence from France and Japan
AbstractThis paper provides new evidence on international productivity gaps built from large-scale firm-level data on French and Japanese manufacturing. Our main finding is that international productivity gaps are sensitive to the export status of firms. Basically, we establish that the productivity gap across French and Japanese exporters systematically differ from the average industry gap: it is wider in industries in which Japan has a productivity lead and it is narrower in industries in which France has a productivity lead. We relate this basic finding to the new models of international trade with heterogeneous firms. Under this framework, our data predict that Japanese firms face on average higher trade costs than French firms.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by GREDEG CNRS, University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis in its series GREDEG Working Papers with number 2012-07.
Length: 48 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2012
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International productivity gap; exports; firm heterogeneity; trade costs; productivity distribution;
Other versions of this item:
- Flora BELLONE & KIYOTA Kozo & MATSUURA Toshiyuki & Patrick MUSSO & Lionel NESTA, 2013. "International Productivity Gaps and the Export Status of Firms: Evidence from France and Japan," Discussion papers 13011, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).
- D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
- F1 - International Economics - - Trade
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