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The proximity-concentration tradeoff under uncertainty

Ramondo, Natalia, Rappoport, Veronica and Ruhl, Kim J. (2013) The proximity-concentration tradeoff under uncertainty. Review of Economic Studies, 80 (4). pp. 1582-1621. ISSN 0034-6527

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Identification Number: 10.1093/restud/rdt018


In this article, we analyse the firm's choice between serving a foreign market through exports or through foreign affiliate sales in an environment characterized by country-specific shocks to the cost of production. Our model predicts that country pairs with less-correlated output fluctuations trade more, relative to affiliate sales, whereas countries with more-volatile fluctuations are served relatively more by exporters than by foreign affiliates selling abroad. Using detailed data on trade and affiliate sales, we find empirical support for our model's predictions.

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Additional Information: © 2013 The Author
Divisions: Management
Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2013 10:05
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:05
Projects: SES-0536970
Funders: National Science Foundation

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