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Let's Try Next Door: Technical Barriers to Trade and Multi-destination Firms

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  • Lionel Gérard Fontagné
  • Gianluca Orefice

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Stringent Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) are expected to drive exporters out of the markets imposing these hurdles. However their impact will vary, with some exporters being able to refocus on TBT-free markets. By matching a database of TBT measures raised as concerns at the WTO (Specific Trade Concerns - STCs), with a firm-level panel of French exporters, we show the complex effects of restrictive TBT measures on the different margins of trade. We show that the negative effect of TBT on export participation is magnified for multi-destination firms, which can divert their exports towards TBT-free destinations. Moreover, we conduct aggregate level estimations to show that the effect of stringent TBTs in reducing export ows is magnified in more homogeneous sectors. Observing the shape of the firm distribution at sectoral level and the aggregate elasticity of export to trade cost, we shed light on the fixed component of the additional cost imposed by TBTs on exporters.

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  • Lionel Gérard Fontagné & Gianluca Orefice, 2016. "Let's Try Next Door: Technical Barriers to Trade and Multi-destination Firms," CESifo Working Paper Series 6031, CESifo.
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    1. Giorgio Barba Navaretti & Lionel Fontagné & Gianluca Orefice & Giovanni Pica & Anna Rosso, 2019. "TBTs, Firm Organization and Labour Structure- The effect of Technical Barriers to Trade on Skills," Working Papers hal-02296142, HAL.
    2. Alan Asprilla & Nicolas Berman & Olivier Cadot & Mélise Jaud, 2019. "Trade Policy And Market Power: Firm‐Level Evidence," International Economic Review, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, vol. 60(4), pages 1647-1673, November.
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    9. Giorgio Barba Navaretti & Lionel Fontagnè & Gianluca Orefice & Giovanni Pica & Anna Cecilia Rosso, 2019. "TBTs, Firm Organization and Labour Structure," Development Working Papers 453, Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano, University of Milano, revised 01 Sep 2020.
    10. Lionel Fontagné & Houssein Guimbard & Gianluca Orefice, 2019. "Product-level Trade Elasticities," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) hal-02444897, HAL.

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    Keywords

    non-tariff measures; TBT; multi-destination firms; trade margins;

    JEL classification:

    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade

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