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Chinese trade reforms, market access and foreign competition: the patterns of French exporters

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  • Bas, Maria
  • Bombarda, Pamela

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A unilateral trade reform generates two opposite effects: market access expansion and strengthening of competitive pressures in the liberalized market. Using detailed trade and firm-level data from France, the authors investigate how French firms'product scope and export sales changed after Chinese liberalization vis-a-vis Asian liberalization. The findings suggest that lower Chinese import tariffs account on average for 7 percent of the new products exported by French firms, and for 18 percent of additional French export sales. These results are robust when accounting for foreign competition faced by French firms in the liberalized market.

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  • Bas, Maria & Bombarda, Pamela, 2013. "Chinese trade reforms, market access and foreign competition: the patterns of French exporters," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6330, The World Bank.
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    1. Ildikó Magyari, 2017. "Firm Reorganization, Chinese Imports, and US Manufacturing Employment," Working Papers 17-58, Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau.

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    Free Trade; Markets and Market Access; Microfinance; Trade Policy; Economic Theory&Research;

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