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Antidumping and heterogeneous quality adjustment of multi-product firms: Evidence from Chinese exporters

Ning Meng, Chris Milner and Huasheng Song

Economic Modelling, 2020, vol. 92, issue C, 147-161

Abstract: This paper investigates the effect of antidumping on multi-product firms’ adjustment in export quality using highly disaggregated Chinese exports data at the firm-product-country level for the period 2000–2014. In response to antidumping, firms tend to upgrade the quality of their exports for targeted products in affected markets by product adjustment, with this effect being more pronounced for firms with ex ante higher product quality. Antidumping induces resource reallocation across firms for a product such that higher-quality firms upgrade the quality while lower-quality firms are unaffected, and reallocation across products within a firm with the quality of products of higher competency increasing more substantially under antidumping policy. Our paper contributes to our understanding on how a multi-product firm adjusts by reallocating resources across products in the face of trade policy shocks.

Keywords: Antidumping; Multi-product firms; Product quality; Unit value (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F13 F14 L2 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.econmod.2020.04.014

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