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Financial Frictions and Export Dynamics

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  • Michal Szkup

    (New York University)

  • Fernando Leibovici

    (New York University)

  • David Kohn

    (New York University)

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This paper studies the relationship between firm export dynamics and financial constraints in a small open economy model. Robust findings in the literature show that new exporters begin by exporting very small quantities, with most of them exiting the foreign market soon after. However, those that survive expand very rapidly and are much less likely to exit. As reported by Ruhl and Willis (2008a), standard trade models with heterogeneous firms cannot replicate these facts. We add borrowing constraints to an otherwise standard model and calibrate it using microdata on export dynamics. We find that financial constraints can largely account for the decreasing hazard rate and the increasing export volume of new exporters. We then provide empirical evidence supporting this mechanism and study its implications for understanding the effects of a large devaluation on aggregate exports.

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2011 Meeting Papers with number 1014.

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Cited by:
  1. Stephane Verani & Till Gross, 2013. "Financing constraints, firm dynamics, and international trade," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2013-02, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
  2. Pauline Bourgeon & Jean-Charles Bricongne & Guillaume Gaulier, 2012. "Financing Time to Trade: Evidence from French firms," Documents de travail du Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne 12016, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1), Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne.
  3. Mirabelle Muûls, 2012. "Exporters, importers and credit constraints," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 51516, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
  4. JaeBin Ahn & Alexander McQuoid, 2013. "Capacity Constrained Exporters: Micro Evidence and Macro Implications," Working Papers 1301, Florida International University, Department of Economics.
  5. Mirabelle Muûls, 2012. "Exporters, Importers and Credit Constraints," CEP Discussion Papers dp1169, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.

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