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Intra-firm Trade and Product Contractibility (Long Version)

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  • Andrew B. Bernard
  • J. Bradford Jensen
  • Stephen J. Redding
  • Peter K. Schott

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This 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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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 15881.

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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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  4. Egger, Peter & Seidel, Tobias, 2013. "Corporate taxes and intra-firm trade," European Economic Review, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 63(C), pages 225-242.
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  7. Aleksandar Zaklan, 2013. "Why Do Emitters Trade Carbon Permits?: Firm-Level Evidence from the European Emission Trading Scheme," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research 1275, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.

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