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Firm Level Patterns in Merchandise Trade

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  • Fabling, Richard

    (Reserve Bank of New Zealand)

  • Sanderson, Lynda

    () (Ministry of Economic Development, New Zealand)

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In this paper we examine patterns of merchandise exporting at both the firm level (1996-2005) and the product level (1988-2005). The presentation is descriptive, and is intended to frame future analysis of the determinants and impact of observed trading behaviour. There are two main points of focus: the degree of concentration in export products, partners, and firms; and the dynamics of trade relationship entry and exit, where trade relationships can be defined according to the product, country or firm concerned, or a combination of the three. The main contribution is the development of a decomposition of export value growth into that coming from new entries, exits and continuing exporters and export relationships. Future work will examine the causal relationships underlying observed patterns of export market entry and exit, and the impact that these dynamics have on firm performance.

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  • Fabling, Richard & Sanderson, Lynda, 2008. "Firm Level Patterns in Merchandise Trade," Occasional Papers 08/3, Ministry of Economic Development, New Zealand.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:nzmedo:2008_003
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    1. Richard Fabling & Lynda Sanderson, 2010. "Entrepreneurship and aggregate merchandise trade growth in New Zealand," Journal of International Entrepreneurship, Springer, vol. 8(2), pages 182-199, June.
    2. Julian di Giovanni & Andrei A. Levchenko, 2012. "Country Size, International Trade, and Aggregate Fluctuations in Granular Economies," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 120(6), pages 1083-1132.
    3. Fabling, Richard & Grimes, Arthur & Sanderson , Lynda & Stevens, Philip, 2008. "Some Rise by Sin, and Some by Virtue Fall: Firm Dynamics, Market Structure and Performance," Occasional Papers 08/1, Ministry of Economic Development, New Zealand.
    4. Fabling, Richard & Grimes, Arthur, 2008. "Do Exporters Cut the Hedge? Who Hedges, When and Why?," Occasional Papers 08/2, Ministry of Economic Development, New Zealand.
    5. Procter, Roger, 2011. "Echanching Productivity: Towards an Updated Action Agenda," Occasional Papers 11/1, Ministry of Economic Development, New Zealand.

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    Keywords

    Merchandise Exports; Firm data; New Zealand;

    JEL classification:

    • D00 - Microeconomics - - General - - - General
    • F10 - International Economics - - Trade - - - General

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