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The Determinants of Intra-Firm Trade: In Search form Export-Import Magnification Effects

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  • Peter Egger
  • Michael Pfaffermayr

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This paper studies the determinants of Austrian bilateral intra-firm trade in a panel of industry-level intra-firm goods trade flows. Economic size, unit labor costs and the magnification effects originating from multiple border crossing of sequentially finished products are found to be the most important determinants of trade within multinational firms. Especially, our evidence lends support to multiple border crossing of sequentially finished products, an argument that recently has been put forward in the outsourcing literature.

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Paper provided by Kiel Institute for the World Economy in its series Kiel Working Papers with number 1247.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: May 2005
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Handle: RePEc:kie:kieliw:1247

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  1. Rafaelita M. Aldaba & Josef T. Yap, 2009. "Investment and Capital Flows : Implications of the ASEAN Economic Community," Macroeconomics Working Papers 22949, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.

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