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Markets and Markup: A New Empirical Framework and Evidence on Exporters from China

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  • Corsetti, Giancarlo
  • Crowley, Meredith A
  • Han, Lu
  • Song, Huasheng

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Firms that dominate global trade export to multiple countries and frequently change their foreign destinations. We develop an estimator of the destination-specific markup elasticity to the exchange rate that controls for endogenous market selection. To proxy for firms' power in local markets, we introduce a new classification of products based on Chinese linguistics that distinguishes between highly and less differentiated goods. Using Chinese customs data, we show that controlling for selectivity unveils significant pricing-to-market for highly differentiated goods. Measured in the importer's currency, the prices of highly differentiated goods are more stable than those of less differentiated products.

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  • Corsetti, Giancarlo & Crowley, Meredith A & Han, Lu & Song, Huasheng, 2019. "Markets and Markup: A New Empirical Framework and Evidence on Exporters from China," CEPR Discussion Papers 13904, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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    China; differentiated goods; Exchange Rates; markup elasticity; pricing-to-market; product classification; Trade Elasticity;
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    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
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