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International competition and firm performance : Evidence from Belgium

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  • Jan De Loecker

    (Princeton University, NBER and CEPR)

  • Catherine Fuss

    () (National Bank of Belgium and Université Libre de Bruxelles)

  • Johannes Van Biesebroeck

    (University of Leuven and CEPR)

Abstract

We evaluate the impact of international competition on firm-level perfor- mance in Belgium. In the manufacturing sector we consider both the impact of global competition through measures of import penetration and the impact of within-EU competitiveness using measures of relative labor cost. In selected manufacturing sectors we identify the strength of international competition through a firm's proximity to the border. In both instances, we consider the impact on a variety of performance dimensions to learn about the mechanisms and about firms' adjustment to these competitive pressures

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  • Jan De Loecker & Catherine Fuss & Johannes Van Biesebroeck, 2014. "International competition and firm performance : Evidence from Belgium," Working Paper Research 269, National Bank of Belgium.
  • Handle: RePEc:nbb:reswpp:201410-269
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