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Productivity, firm size and trade liberalization in a partner country: Evidence from Korean firm-level data

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In this paper, I study the impact of partner-country tariffs on Korean firm-level productivity for the period from 2005 to 2009. I start by documenting that the rates at which total factor productivity, spending on technology, number of exporting firms, and exports grow are increasing with firm size. My results show that a reduction in China's tariffs induces Korean firms above median size to increase their productivity. Also, I find that the effect of any given tariff reduction is highest in the uppermost quartile of the firm-size distribution.

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  • Kapri, Kul, 2016. "Productivity, firm size and trade liberalization in a partner country: Evidence from Korean firm-level data," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 45(C), pages 572-583.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:reveco:v:45:y:2016:i:c:p:572-583
    DOI: 10.1016/j.iref.2016.01.010
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    Keywords

    Exports; Firm heterogeneity; Tariffs; Technology; Total factor productivity;
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    JEL classification:

    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • F16 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade and Labor Market Interactions
    • F63 - International Economics - - Economic Impacts of Globalization - - - Economic Development
    • L25 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Performance
    • O12 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • O19 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - International Linkages to Development; Role of International Organizations
    • O24 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - Trade Policy; Factor Movement; Foreign Exchange Policy
    • O53 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Asia including Middle East

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