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CEP discussion paper

The Empirics of Firm Heterogeneity and International Trade


This paper reviews the empirical evidence on firm heterogeneity in international trade. A first wave of empirical findings from micro data on plants and firms proposed challenges for existing models of inter- national trade and inspired the development of new theories emphasizing firm heterogeneity. Subsequent empirical research has examined additional predictions of these theories and explored other dimensions of the data not originally captured by them. These other dimensions include multi-product firms, offshoring, intra-firm trade and firm export market dynamics.


Andrew B. Bernard, J. Bradford Jensen, Stephen J. Redding and Peter K. Schott

27 October 2011     Paper Number CEPDP1084

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This CEP discussion paper is published under the centre's Trade programme.