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How do Multiproduct Exporters React to a Change in Trade Costs?

  • Antoine Berthou


    (Banque de France)

  • Lionel Fontagné


    (Banque de France, CEPII - Centre d'Etudes Prospectives et d'Informations Internationales - Centre d'analyse stratégique, PSE - Paris School of Economics, CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

We use data on individual French exporters to document how a change in trade costs following the introduction of the euro affected firms' export margins in relation to export decisions, the number of products exported and average sales per product. Our results confirm two effects predicted by the theory: firms increase the range of products they export as well as their intensive margin. This effect is most evident in markets with moderate monetary policy coordination before 1999. General equilibrium competition effects reduce the initial positive impact on each of these margins. We find no evidence of firms' increased export participation

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Date of creation: 10 Apr 2013
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Publication status: Published in Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Wiley, 2013, 115 (2), pp.326-353
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