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Accounting for the Growth of Exporters


  • Rahul Giri

    (International Monetary Fund)

  • Junjie Xia

    (Peking University)

  • Lukasz Drozd

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia)


We study a model of establishment dynamics in which the acquisition of customers can be endogenously sluggish due to the presence of search frictions. We use time series data of how firms respond to shocks in markets in which they already operate to discipline the key friction that can slow customer turnover. Our estimation involves fitting SVAR-derived impulse responses of wedges that characterize the distance between data and a prototype frictionless economy. Using the estimated model, we ask: Does the model account for the observed slow growth of sale after firms enter into exporting, while being consistent with other basic trade facts? Our answer is: Largely, yes. The search technology parameters that fit the data well give rise to customer base dynamics that is approximately similar to a simple word-of-mouth diffusion of matches.

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  • Rahul Giri & Junjie Xia & Lukasz Drozd, 2017. "Accounting for the Growth of Exporters," 2017 Meeting Papers 1373, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  • Handle: RePEc:red:sed017:1373

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