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Export Prices of U.S. Firms

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  • James Harrigan
  • Xiangjun Ma
  • Victor Shlychkov

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Using confidential firm-level data from the United States in 2002, we show that exporting firms charge prices for narrowly defined goods that differ substantially with the characteristics of firms and export markets. We control for selection into export markets using a three-stage estimator. We have three main results. First, we find that highly productive and skill-intensive firms charge higher prices, while capital-intensive firms charge lower prices. Second, U.S. firms charge slightly higher prices to larger and richer markets, and substantially higher prices to markets other than Canada and Mexico. Third, the correlation between distance and product-level export prices is largely due to a composition effect.

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  1. Angelo Secchi & Federico Tamagni & Chiara Tomasi, 2013. "Export price adjustments under financial constraints," Documents de travail du Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne 13057r, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1), Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne, revised Jan 2014.
  2. Carballo, Jerónimo & Ottaviano, Gianmarco & Volpe Martincus, Christian, 2013. "The Buyer Margins of Firms' Exports," CEPR Discussion Papers 9584, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  3. Christian Henn & Chris Papageorgiou & Nicola Spatafora, 2013. "Export Quality in Developing Countries," IMF Working Papers 13/108, International Monetary Fund.
  4. Angelo Secchi & Federico Tamagni & Chiara Tomasi, 2012. "Exporting under Financial Constraints: Margins, Switching Dynamics and Prices," Development Working Papers 338, Centro Studi Luca d\'Agliano, University of Milano, revised 16 Jul 2012.
  5. Angelo Secchi & Federico Tamagni & Chiara Tomasi, 2013. "Export price adjustments under financial constraints," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) halshs-00848159, HAL.

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