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Trade times, importing, and exporting: Firm-level evidence

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  • Shepherd, Ben

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This paper uses data on 11 industries in 85 developing countries to show that trade times matter for import and export performance at the firm-level. Firms import more intermediate inputs if import licensing times are shorter. They export more of their production if border clearance times are shorter, but tend to use third party distributors more if clearance times are longer. This is the first time that imports and indirect exports have been considered in the firm-level literature on trade facilitation.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 41706.

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Date of creation: 18 Sep 2012
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Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:41706

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Keywords: Import Time; Export Time; Trade Facilitation; Developing Countries;

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  1. Djankov, Simeon & Freund, Caroline & Pham, Cong S., 2006. "Trading on time," Policy Research Working Paper Series 3909, The World Bank.
  2. David L. Hummels & Georg Schaur, 2013. "Time as a Trade Barrier," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, American Economic Association, vol. 103(7), pages 2935-59, December.
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