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Disentangling Trade Flows: Firms, Geography and Technology
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Economics.
2007 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis consists of three individual studies and a common introduction. Albeit distinct and self-contained, all studies are devoted to how and why trade flows adjust according to characteristics of markets and attributes of links between markets. The studies build on the idea that questions related to how and why different characteristics of markets and links affect trade flows are inseparable from questions pertaining to which components of trade flows they alter.

The first study adheres to the export decision of individual firms and focuses on the role of product variety for firms’ exports from a two-pronged perspective: (i) as an attribute of firms that pertains to their potential to recover destination-specific fixed costs of entry and thus the geographical scope of their export activities and (ii) as a component of firms’ export flows that adjusts across destination markets. The second study is devoted to an analysis of how the magnitude of the fixed entry costs firms incur by entering foreign markets is related to characteristics of the link between the origin and the destination market. It proposes a coupling between familiarity and the size of fixed entry costs, such that familiarity should primarily affect trade flows by affecting the number of exporting firms (the extensive margin). The third study analyzes the relationship between technology specialization and export specialization across regions and how the correspondence between the technology specialization in origin and destination alters the quality of the commodities being traded. A gravity model is augmented with technology specialization variables (based on citation-weighed patent data) and their effect on aggregate export values and prices is estimated.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Jönköping: Internationella Handelshögskolan , 2007. , 136 p.
Series
JIBS Dissertation Series, 36
National Category
Economics
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-647ISBN: 91-89164-72-5 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-647DiVA: diva2:4373
Public defence
2007-02-09, Sal B1014, Internationella Handelshögskolan, 10:00 (English)
Available from: 2007-01-18 Created: 2007-01-18 Last updated: 2009-03-31Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Product Variety and the Magnitude and Geographical Scope of Firms' Exports: An Empircal Analysis
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Product Variety and the Magnitude and Geographical Scope of Firms' Exports: An Empircal Analysis
(English)Manuscript (Other academic)
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-1465 (URN)
Available from: 2007-01-18 Created: 2014-08-05 Last updated: 2010-01-13Bibliographically approved
2. Entry Costs and Adjustments on the Extensive Margin: an analysis of how familiarity breeds exports
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Entry Costs and Adjustments on the Extensive Margin: an analysis of how familiarity breeds exports
2007 (English)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS, 2007. 35 p.
Series
Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation, 81
National Category
Economics and Business
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-1466 (URN)
Available from: 2007-01-18 Created: 2009-09-02Bibliographically approved
3. Technology Specialization and the Magnitude and Quality of Exports
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Technology Specialization and the Magnitude and Quality of Exports
2008 (English)In: Economics of Innovation and New Technology, ISSN 1043-8599, Vol. 17, no 4, 355-375 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
National Category
Economics and Business
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-1467 (URN)
Available from: 2007-01-18 Created: 2009-09-01Bibliographically approved

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