Intra-firm Trade and Product Contractibility (Long Version)
AbstractThis paper examines the determinants of intra-firm trade in U.S. imports using detailed country-product data. We create a new measure of product contractibility based on the degree of intermediation in international trade for the product. We find important roles for the interaction of country and product characteristics in determining intra-firm trade shares. Intra-firm trade is high for products with low levels of contractability sourced from countries with weak governance, for skill-intensive products from skill-scarce countries, and for capital-intensive products from capital-abundant countries.
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Date of creation: Apr 2010
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Publication status: published as "Intra-Firm Trade and Product Contractibility" American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, Vol. 100, No. 2, May 2010 with J. Bradford Jensen, Stephen J. Redding and Peter K. Schott, (pp. 444-48)
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- Andrew B. Bernard & J. Bradford Jensen & Stephen Redding & Peter K. Schott, 2010. "Intra-Firm Trade and Product Contractibility (Long Version)," CEP Discussion Papers, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE dp0978, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
- Andrew B. Bernard & Stephen Redding, 2010. "Intra-firm trade and product contractibility (Long Version)," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library 48899, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
- F10 - International Economics - - Trade - - - General
- F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
- L14 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Transactional Relationships; Contracts and Reputation
- L23 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Organization of Production
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- NEP-BEC-2010-04-17 (Business Economics)
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