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Dissecting the Chilean Export Boom

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  • Raphael Bergoeing
  • Alejandro Micco
  • Andrea Repetto

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Since 1975 Chilean exports have boomed growing at a 6% average rate per year in real terms. In this paper we use manufacturing Chilean data at the plant level for years 1990 to 2007 to investigate the relationship between exports, plant dynamics and productivity. Our findings are consistent with the predictions of the new heterogeneous firms’ trade theories. Firstly, 64.4% of the total increase in exports is accounted for by new exporters net of failed exporters. This effect is a combination of a larger fraction of plants that export, a rising fraction of output sold abroad and a larger level of total sales. Secondly, productivity and exports co-moved over the Chilean boom, with a positive correlation of exports with both within plant productivity growth and productivity enhancing reallocation of output across plants.

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  • Raphael Bergoeing & Alejandro Micco & Andrea Repetto, 2011. "Dissecting the Chilean Export Boom," Working Papers wp339, University of Chile, Department of Economics.
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    1. Lincoln, William F. & McCallum, Andrew H., 2011. "Entry Costs and Increasing Trade," Working Papers 619, Research Seminar in International Economics, University of Michigan.
    2. Raphael Bergoeing Vela & Andrés Hernando & Andrea Repetto, 2010. "Market Reforms and Efficiency Gains in Chile," Estudios de Economia, University of Chile, Department of Economics, vol. 37(2 Year 20), pages 217-242, December.
    3. Maria Bas & Ivan Ledezma, 2008. "Trade integration and within-plant productivity evolution in Chile," PSE Working Papers halshs-00588309, HAL.
    4. William F. Lincoln & Andrew H. McCallum, 2011. "Entry Costs & Increasing Trade," William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series wp1024, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan.
    5. Raphael Bergoeing & Andrea Repetto, 2006. "Micro Efficiency and Aggregate Growth in Chile," Latin American Journal of Economics-formerly Cuadernos de Economía, Instituto de Economía. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile., vol. 43(127), pages 169-192.
    6. Maria Bas & Ivan Ledezma, 2007. "Market Access and the Evolution of within Plant Productivity in Chile," CESifo Working Paper Series 2077, CESifo Group Munich.
    7. Maria Bas & Ivan Ledezma, 2008. "Trade integration and within-plant productivity evolution in Chile," Working Papers halshs-00588309, HAL.
    8. repec:eee:eecrev:v:102:y:2018:i:c:p:280-297 is not listed on IDEAS

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