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Product adjustments: A firm-level analysis of the impact of a real exchange rate shock

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  • Moxnes, Andreas
  • Ulltveit-Moe, Karen-Helene

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Using a new and extensive micro data set we investigate the impact of a change in international competitive pressure following a real exchange shock on multi-product firms’ product mix. We only find weak evidence for the core competencies hypothesis, according to which, we would expect the exposed firms to reduce their product portfolio in response to the shock. But firms exposed to the shock significantly reduced their rate of product churning, relative to the control group of nonexposed firms. Moreover, we find a strong positive link between churning in the range of imported and exported products, suggesting that the product mix of imported inputs may be an important, but less understood, margin of adjustment.

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  • Moxnes, Andreas & Ulltveit-Moe, Karen-Helene, 2010. "Product adjustments: A firm-level analysis of the impact of a real exchange rate shock," CEPR Discussion Papers 7923, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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    1. Murphy, Gavin & Siedschlag, Iulia, 2012. "The Effect of Real Exchange Rate Changes on Labour Productivity Growth," Papers WP439, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).

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    Keywords

    firm restructuring; heterogeneous firms; product differentiation; real exchange rate shock;

    JEL classification:

    • F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation
    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
    • L16 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Industrial Organization and Macroeconomics; Macroeconomic Industrial Structure

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