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The effect of international trade on markups distribution

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  • Diego Rodriguez
  • Lourdes Moreno

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This paper presents empirical evidence about the relationship between market openness and markup distribution of manufacturing firms. The results point out that tougher competition associated to openness reduces marginal costs and prices, while it increases the average firm size. However, the evidence about the effect on average markups and the dispersion of performance variables across industries is weaker. These results partially support the theoretical predictions by Melitz and Ottaviano (2008)

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  • Diego Rodriguez & Lourdes Moreno, 2013. "The effect of international trade on markups distribution," Economics and Business Letters, Oviedo University Press, vol. 2(1), pages 33-41.
  • Handle: RePEc:ove:journl:aid:9820
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    JEL classification:

    • F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation
    • L60 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - General

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