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Intrafirm trade and vertical fragmentation in U.S. multinational corporations

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  • Ramondo, Natalia
  • Rappoport, Veronica
  • Ruhl, Kim J.

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Using firm-level data, we document two new facts regarding intrafirm trade and the activities of the foreign affiliates of U.S. multinational corporations. First, intrafirm trade is concentrated among a small number of large affiliates within large multinational corporations; the median affiliate ships nothing to the rest of the corporation. Second, we find that the input–output coefficient linking the parent's and affiliate's industries of operation — a characteristic commonly associated with production fragmentation — is not related to a corresponding intrafirm flow of goods.

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  • Ramondo, Natalia & Rappoport, Veronica & Ruhl, Kim J., 2016. "Intrafirm trade and vertical fragmentation in U.S. multinational corporations," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 98(C), pages 51-59.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:inecon:v:98:y:2016:i:c:p:51-59
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jinteco.2015.08.002
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    Keywords

    Foreign affiliate; Parent firm; Foreign direct investment;

    JEL classification:

    • F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation
    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
    • L25 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Performance

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