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The Impact of Trade Liberalization on Industrial Productivity

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  • Paul S. Segerstrom
  • Yoichi Sugita

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This paper calls into question the currently most influential model of international trade. An empirical finding by Trefler (2004, AER) and others that industrial productivity increases more strongly in liberalized industries than in non-liberalized industries has been widely accepted as evidence for the Melitz (2003, Econometrica) model. We show that a multi-industry version of the Melitz model does not predict this relationship. Instead, it predicts the opposite relationship that industrial productivity increases more strongly in non-liberalized industries than in liberalized industries.

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  • Paul S. Segerstrom & Yoichi Sugita, 2013. "The Impact of Trade Liberalization on Industrial Productivity," CESifo Working Paper Series 4365, CESifo Group Munich.
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    1. Bawa, Siraj, 2017. "Corporate Taxation in the Open Economy without Pareto," MPRA Paper 80857, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Aug 2017.
    2. Chang-Tai Hsieh & Nicholas Li & Ralph Ossa & Mu-Jeung Yang, 2016. "Accounting for the New Gains from Trade Liberalization," Working Papers 16-14, Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau.
    3. Segerstrom, Paul & Stepanok, Ignat, 2010. "Learning How to Export," SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance 0727, Stockholm School of Economics, revised 16 Sep 2013.

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    Keywords

    trade liberalization; firm heterogeneity; industrial productivity;

    JEL classification:

    • F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation
    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations

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