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Decomposing firm-level sales variation

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  • Munch, Jakob R.
  • Nguyen, Daniel X.

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Recently, much of the trade literature has been focused on using firm-specific productivity to explain export heterogeneity. This study provides evidence for the importance of incorporating firm–destination-specific effects such as demand shocks in theories of exporter heterogeneity. Our study estimates the proportion of firm-level sales variation within a product–destination market that can be explained by firm-specific effects such as productivity. We use a highly detailed dataset comprising firm–product–destination-specific exports and correct for truncation as modeled by recent trade theories. We find that the contribution of firm-specific effects varies greatly across products and that it is 45% for the median product. That is, within-destination sales variation is primarily explained by firm–destination-specific heterogeneity for the majority of products.

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  • Munch, Jakob R. & Nguyen, Daniel X., 2014. "Decomposing firm-level sales variation," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 106(C), pages 317-334.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jeborg:v:106:y:2014:i:c:p:317-334
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2014.06.012
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