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Export Growth and Factor Market Competition: Theory and Evidence

  • Julian Emami Namini

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    (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

  • Giovanni Facchini

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    (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

  • Ricardo Lopez

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    (International Business School, Brandeis University)

Empirical evidence suggests that sectoral export growth decreases exporters' survival probability, whereas non-exporters are unaffected. Models with firm heterogeneity in total factor productivity predict the opposite. To solve this puzzle, we develop a two-factor framework where firms differ in factor shares. In this model, export growth increases competition for the factor used intensively by exporters, eliminating some of them, while non-exporters benefit. Our empirical analysis shows that the forces highlighted in the model drive the firm selection experienced by the Chilean manufacturing sector, suggesting that heterogeneity in factor shares is crucial to understand how firms react to trade liberalization.

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Paper provided by Brandeis University, Department of Economics and International Businesss School in its series Working Papers with number 28.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2011
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Handle: RePEc:brd:wpaper:28
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