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Financial frictions and new exporter dynamics

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  • Fernando Leibovici

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  • Michal Szkup

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This paper studies the role of financial frictions as a barrier to international trade. We study new exporter dynamics to identify how these frictions affect export decisions. We introduce a borrowing constraint and working capital requirements into a standard model of international trade, with exports more working-capital-intensive than domestic sales. Our model can quantitatively account for new exporter dynamics, in contrast to a model with sunk export entry costs. We provide additional evidence in support of our mechanism. We find that financial frictions reduce the impact of trade liberalization, suggesting that they constitute an important trade barrier.

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  • David Kohn & Fernando Leibovici & Michal Szkup, 2014. "Financial frictions and new exporter dynamics," Department of Economics Working Papers 2014_4, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella.
  • Handle: RePEc:udt:wpecon:2014_4
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    Keywords

    international trade; firm dynamics; new exporter; plant-level data; financial frictions; borrowing constraints; working capital; trade credit; liberalization;
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    JEL classification:

    • F1 - International Economics - - Trade
    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • F4 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill

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