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Trade integration and within-plant productivity evolution in Chile

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  • Maria Bas

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    (PSE - Paris School of Economics, CEPII - Centre d'Etudes Prospectives et d'Informations Internationales - Centre d'analyse stratégique)

  • Ivan Ledezma

    (LEDa - Laboratoire d'Economie de Dauphine - Université Paris-Dauphine, PSE - Paris School of Economics)

We analyze the impact of trade integration on plant TFP using Chilean plant-level data (1982–1999) and 3-digit bilateral trade flows. Our contribution is to disentangle the impact of export and import barriers, estimated as border effects within a multilateral context. A fall in export barriers is positively correlated with plant productivity in traded sectors. The reduction of import barriers, however, can only be associated to productivity improvements in export-oriented sectors. In import-competing sectors a robust positive correlation shows up between plant productivity and protection. We then test several channels linking trade integration and firm productivity.

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Date of creation: 04 Feb 2010
Publication status: Published in Review of World Economics, Springer Verlag, 2010, 146 (1), pp.113-146. <10.1007/s10290-009-0041-2>
Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-00562714
DOI: 10.1007/s10290-009-0041-2
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