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A note on the granular nature of imports in German manufacturing industries

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  • Joachim Wagner

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This paper uses an approach recently suggested by Gabaix (Eonometrica 2011) to investigate for the first time the role of idiosyncratic shocks to the largest firms in the dynamics of imports by firms from manufacturing industries. For Germany we find evidence that imports are power-law distributed and that the distribution of imports in the industries can be characterised as fat-tailed. Results show that idiosyncratic shocks to very large firms are important for the import dynamics in 2010/2011 but not in 2009/2010.

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  • Joachim Wagner, 2014. "A note on the granular nature of imports in German manufacturing industries," Working Paper Series in Economics 312, University of Lüneburg, Institute of Economics.
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    Keywords

    EImports; power law; granular residual; Germany;
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    JEL classification:

    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • L60 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - General

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