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Fixed export costs and multi-product firms

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  • Roger Smeets

    (CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis)

  • Harold Creusen

    (CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis)

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This paper has two aims. First, we uncover some salient components of fixed export costs, which play a crucial role in recent heterogeneous firms models of international trade. Second, we investigate whether the importance of these fixed export costs varies with the size of a firm’s export product portfolio. We find that a destination country’s institutional quality, such as the quality of regulation or the extent of corruption, form important impediments to a firm’s export decision, lowering the export probability to up to 10%-points. Moreover, relative to single-product firms, multi-product firms experience additional export probability decreases of around 2%-points.

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  • Roger Smeets & Harold Creusen, 2011. "Fixed export costs and multi-product firms," CPB Discussion Paper 188, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.
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    1. Arjan Lejour, 2015. "The Duration of Dutch Export Relations: Decomposing Firm, Country and Product Characteristics," De Economist, Springer, vol. 163(2), pages 155-176, June.
    2. repec:spr:jqecon:v:15:y:2017:i:2:d:10.1007_s40953-016-0056-1 is not listed on IDEAS

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    • F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation
    • F55 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - International Institutional Arrangements

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