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Intra- and inter-firm US trade

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Bivariate Tobit gravity regressions using 2000-2007 US trade data show that US-based firms take advantage of positive forces (e.g., economic freedom) operating in foreign markets more through affiliates than third parties. Likewise, transactions with affiliates are deterred a lot more by negative forces (e.g., distance). Additionally, trade flows are higher (lower) with non-OECD (OECD) countries that are more politically free. Decompositions of the Tobit effects and the predicted-to-actual trade ratios indicate a two-pronged strategy for policymakers: develop targeted policies to specific hurdles to intra-firm trade and work aggressively on increasing market access for US exports.

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  • Co, Catherine Yap, 2010. "Intra- and inter-firm US trade," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 19(2), pages 260-277, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:reveco:v:19:y:2010:i:2:p:260-277
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