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Export Decision under Risk

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  • Carl Gaigne

    (INRA)

  • Anne-Celia Disdier

    (Paris School of Economics-INRA)

  • Jose de Sousa

    (University of Paris-Sud)

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Does demand volatility matter for exports? How do exporting firms deal with skewed demand? A simple model of risk aversion shows that exporters react to an increase in demand volatility in destination markets by increasing their export prices and decreasing their export volumes. In sharp contrast, exporters decrease prices and increase volumes when demand skewness rises. We also show that the moments of the distribution of demand affect the extensive margin of trade. These theoretical predictions are put to the test by using French firm-level exports across destination markets with different levels of demand volatility and skewness. The firm-level results, over the period 2000-2009, are broadly consistent with our predictions.

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  • Carl Gaigne & Anne-Celia Disdier & Jose de Sousa, 2015. "Export Decision under Risk," 2015 Meeting Papers 1272, Society for Economic Dynamics.
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    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • D22 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Empirical Analysis
    • F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation
    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade

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