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Evaluation of Latvia’s re-exports using firm-level trade data

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  • Konstantins Benkovskis

    () (Monetary Policy Department, Bank of Latvia, Riga, Latvia)

  • Santa Berzina

    () (Monetary Policy Department, Bank of Latvia, Riga, Latvia)

  • Liva Zorgenfreija

    () (Monetary Policy Department, Bank of Latvia, Riga, Latvia)

Abstract

We use an anonymized firm-level trade database provided by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia to evaluate Latvia's re-exports. By solving a linear maximization problem for each firm-product pair, we obtain estimates of re-export flows and corresponding re-export mark-ups. We find that the share of-re-export flows in the total merchandise exports and imports is significant and follows an increasing trend. The share of re-exports is especially large in such product groups as transport vehicles, plastics, mineral products, and machinery and electrical equipments. The majority of re-export flows are directed to closest neighbours - Lithuania and Estonia - suggesting that Latvia serves as a sort of a regional transport hub. We also find that average re-export mark-ups are sizeable and re-export operations may provide an important contribution to Latvia’s GDP.

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  • Konstantins Benkovskis & Santa Berzina & Liva Zorgenfreija, 2016. "Evaluation of Latvia’s re-exports using firm-level trade data," Baltic Journal of Economics, Baltic International Centre for Economic Policy Studies, vol. 16(1), pages 1-20.
  • Handle: RePEc:bic:journl:v:16:y:2016:i:1:p:1-20
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    1. Konstantins Benkovskis & Jaan Masso & Olegs Tkacevs & Priit Vahter & Naomitsu Yashiro, 2017. "Export and productivity in global value chains: Comparative evidence from Latvia and Estonia," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 1448, OECD Publishing.
    2. Andrea Elteto & Katalin Antaloczy, 2016. "Post-crisis foreign trade trends and policies on the periphery of the European Union - comparison of the Iberian, Baltic and Central European region," IWE Working Papers 224, Institute for World Economics - Centre for Economic and Regional Studies- Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
    3. repec:vrs:bjeust:v:7:y:2017:i:1:p:43-63:n:4 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Benkovskis, Konstantins & Wörz, Julia, 2018. "What drives the market share changes? Price versus non-price factors," Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Elsevier, vol. 45(C), pages 9-29.
    5. repec:kap:jproda:v:49:y:2018:i:2:d:10.1007_s11123-018-0530-1 is not listed on IDEAS
    6. Konstantins Benkovskis, 2015. "Misallocation of Resources in Latvia: Did Anything Change During the Crisis?," Working Papers 2015/05, Latvijas Banka.
    7. Konstantins Benkovskis & Olegs Tkacevs, 2015. "Everything you always wanted to know about Latvia's service exporters (but were afraid to ask)," Working Papers 2015/06, Latvijas Banka.

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    Keywords

    Firm-level data; Latvia; re-exports; simplex;

    JEL classification:

    • D22 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Empirical Analysis
    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade

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