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International Trade and Firm-Level Markups when Location and Quality Matter

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  • Flora Bellone

    () (GREDEG - Groupe de Recherche en Droit, Economie et Gestion - UNS - Université Nice Sophia Antipolis (... - 2019) - COMUE UCA - COMUE Université Côte d'Azur (2015 - 2019) - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - UCA - Université Côte d'Azur)

  • Patrick Musso

    () (GREDEG - Groupe de Recherche en Droit, Economie et Gestion - UNS - Université Nice Sophia Antipolis (... - 2019) - COMUE UCA - COMUE Université Côte d'Azur (2015 - 2019) - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - UCA - Université Côte d'Azur)

  • Lionel Nesta

    () (OFCE - Observatoire français des conjonctures économiques - Sciences Po - Sciences Po)

  • Frédéric Warzynski

Abstract

In this paper, we estimate firm-level markups and test some micro-level predictions of a model of international trade with heterogeneous firms and endogenous markups. Our theoretical framework is an extended version of the Melitz and Ottaviano (2008) (MO) model that features both quality and spatial differentiation across firms. In line with our model, we find that firm markups are positively related to firm productivity and negatively related to the toughness of local competition. Considering the relationship between firm markups and exports, we find evidence that markups are higher for exporters, what appears to indicate that the quality-enhancing channel overbalances the price-depressing channel of global competition.
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  • Flora Bellone & Patrick Musso & Lionel Nesta & Frédéric Warzynski, 2016. "International Trade and Firm-Level Markups when Location and Quality Matter," Post-Print halshs-01062918, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-01062918
    DOI: 10.1093/jeg/lbu045
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