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New Dimensions of Adjustment to Globalization

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  • Marialuz Moreno Badia
  • Veerle Slootmaekers
  • Ilke Van Beveren

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Using firm-level data for Estonia for the years 1997-2005, we analyze the impact of international competition on firm dynamics, considering both firm closedown and product switching. This paper contributes to the literature in two important ways: (1) this is the first paper to study the determinants of exit and product switching in an emerging market; and (2) we consider explicitly the role of export opportunities. Our results indicate that globalization affects firm closure and product switching differently. In particular, firm exit is positively related to the degree of intra-industry trade while the decision to switch is affected only by the conditions in export markets. This is in sharp contrast to previous findings for industrial countries.

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  • Marialuz Moreno Badia & Veerle Slootmaekers & Ilke Van Beveren, 2008. "New Dimensions of Adjustment to Globalization," LICOS Discussion Papers 20908, LICOS - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance, KU Leuven.
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    Keywords

    Product switching; Exit; International trade; Comparative Advantage;

    JEL classification:

    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
    • F18 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade and Environment
    • L25 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Performance
    • L60 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - General

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