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Indirect exporters and importers

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  • Marco Grazzi

    (University of Bologna)

  • Chiara Tomasi

    ()

    (Università degli Studi di Trento
    Scuola Superiore S.Anna)

Abstract This paper analyses the relation between firms’ productivity and the different modes of participation in international trade. In particular, it accounts for the possibility that firms can not only export their products, but also internationally source their inputs, either directly or indirectly. Using a cross section of firm level data for several advanced and developing economies, the study confirms the productivity-sorting prediction according to which domestic firms are less efficient than those that resort to an export intermediary, while the latter are less productive than producers which export directly. We show that the same sorting exists on the import side. By considering firms involved in both exporting and importing activities, we also find that direct two-way traders are on average more productive than firms trading indirectly on one of the two trade sides. The latter are in turn more efficient than indirect two-way traders. Finally, we investigate the effects of source-country characteristics on the sorting of firms into different modes of international trade.

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Volume (Year): 152 (2016)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
Pages: 251-281

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