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Globalization and Vertical Structure: An Empirical Investigation

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  • Buehler, Stefan

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  • Burghardt, Dirk

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This paper studies the effect of trade facilitation on vertical firm structure using plant-level data from Switzerland. Based on the Business Census and the Input-Output table, we first calculate a binary measure of vertical integration for all plants registered in Switzerland. We then estimate the effect of a Mutual Recognition Agreement with the European Union on the plants' probability of being vertically integrated. Adopting a difference-in-differences approach, we find that this policy change reduced the treated plants' probability of being vertically integrated by about 10 percent. Our results are consistent with recent work in international trade theory.

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Paper provided by University of St. Gallen, School of Economics and Political Science in its series Economics Working Paper Series with number 1310.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2013
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Handle: RePEc:usg:econwp:2013:10

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Keywords: Vertical Integration; Hold-up Risk; Theory of the Firm; Globalization; Trade Barriers; Natural Experiment; Plant-Level Data;

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  1. Burghardt, Dirk, 2013. "The Impact of Trade Policy on Industry Concentration in Switzerland," Economics Working Paper Series 1317, University of St. Gallen, School of Economics and Political Science.

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