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Intra-good trade in Germany: a first look at the evidence
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Centres, Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, CESIS. Leuphana Universitat Luneburg, Germany.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6058-4536
2017 (English)In: Applied Economics, ISSN 0003-6846, E-ISSN 1466-4283, Vol. 49, no 57, p. 5753-5761Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article contributes to the literature by using newly released comprehensive transaction-level data on all exports and imports to document facts about the amount of intra-good trade - the simultaneous export and import of identical goods by one firm - in Germany. Combined data for trade transactions and for characteristics of a representative large sample of trading firms are then used to report differences between firms that export and import different goods only (inter-good traders) and firms that engage in the simultaneous export and import of identical goods (intra-good traders). We find that the share of intra-good trade in total trade was some 17% in Germany in 2012. Intra-good trade matters. This share differs widely between broadly defined groups of goods and between industries. Controlling for detailed industry affiliation, intra-good traders differ significantly from inter-good traders - they are larger, more human capital intensive, more productive, have a higher R&D intensity and are more profitable. The data, however, are not rich enough to reveal the direction of causality between intra-good trade and firm performance and to investigate empirically the reasons why some firms engage in intra-good trade.

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Routledge, 2017. Vol. 49, no 57, p. 5753-5761
Keywords [en]
Intra-product trade, two-way trade, imports, exports, Germany
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-215402DOI: 10.1080/00036846.2017.1340576ISI: 000410454600002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85021134796OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-215402DiVA, id: diva2:1147853
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Available from: 2017-10-09 Created: 2017-10-09 Last updated: 2017-10-09Bibliographically approved

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