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Finance, Comparative Advantage, and Resource Allocation

  • Jaud, Melise


  • Kukenova, Madina


  • Strieborny, Martin


We show that exported products exit the US market sooner if they violate the Heckscher-Ohlin notion of comparative advantage. Crucially, this pattern is stronger when exporting country has a well-developed banking system, measured by a high ratio of bank credit over the GDP. Banks thus push firms away from exports that are facing an uphill battle on a competitive foreign market due to a suboptimal use of the domestic factor endowment. Our results imply a disciplining role for bank credit in terminating inefficient trade flows. This constitutes a new channel through which finance improves resource allocation in the real economy. Keywords: resource misallocation, finance, comparative advantage, ex- port survival

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Paper provided by Knut Wicksell Centre for Financial Studies, Lund University in its series Knut Wicksell Working Paper Series with number 2013/11.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 19 Jun 2013
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:luwick:2013_011
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