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Variable Trade Costs, Composition Effects, and the Intensive Margin of Trade

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  • A. Berthou
  • L. Fontagné

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We estimate the elasticity of extra-EU French firm-level exports with respect to applied tariffs, a variable trade cost. We propose a methodology controlling for unobserved firm characteristics driving selection in exports market and for the usual resistance terms. Results confirm a significant negative impact of tariffs on firm-level exports, with one fifth of this impact falling on the induced adjustment in the exporters' product mix. When controlling for this adjustment and focusing on the core exported products, the elasticity of the product-destination firm-level exports with respect to applied tariffs is estimated at about -2.5.

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  • A. Berthou & L. Fontagné, 2015. "Variable Trade Costs, Composition Effects, and the Intensive Margin of Trade," Working papers 543, Banque de France.
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    1. Bas, Maria & Mayer, Thierry & Thoenig, Mathias, 2017. "From micro to macro: Demand, supply, and heterogeneity in the trade elasticity," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 108(C), pages 1-19.
    2. Maria Cipollina & David Laborde Debucquet & Luca Salvatici, 2017. "The tide that does not raise all boats: an assessment of EU preferential trade policies," Review of World Economics (Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv), Springer;Institut für Weltwirtschaft (Kiel Institute for the World Economy), vol. 153(1), pages 199-231, February.
    3. Erik Figueiredo & Luiz Renato Lima & Gianluca Orefice, 2016. "Third Country Effect of Migration: the Trade-Migration Nexus Revisited," Working Papers 2016-22, CEPII research center.
    4. Lionel Fontagné & Philippe Martin & Gianluca Orefice, 2017. "The International Elasticity Puzzle Is Worse Than You Think," Working Papers 2017-03, CEPII research center.
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    Keywords

    International trade; firm heterogeneity; multi-product exporters; trade elasticity.;

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    • F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation
    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration

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