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High-end variety exporters defying gravity: micro facts and aggregate implications

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  • MAYNERIS, Florian
  • MARTIN, Julien

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We develop a new methodology to identify high-end variety exporters in French firm-level data. We find that they do not export to more countries, but they export to more distant destinations than low-end ones. We also show that in contrast to low-end exporters, distance has almost no effect on high-end variety export(er)s. Because of this lower sensitivity to distance at the micro-level, specializing in the production of high-end varieties has implications for the geography of aggregate exports. Specializing in high-end varieties allows for a greater geographic diversification of aggregate exports – in particular when demand arises from both neighboring and distant countries. It also makes a country better able to benefit from growth in remote destinations.
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  • MAYNERIS, Florian & MARTIN, Julien, 2015. "High-end variety exporters defying gravity: micro facts and aggregate implications," LIDAM Reprints CORE 2712, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
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