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Market size, structure, and access: Trade with capacity constraints

Anson Soderbery ()

European Economic Review, 2014, vol. 70, issue C, 276-298

Abstract: This paper develops a model of international trade where firms are heterogeneous across capacity and productivity. A binding capacity constraint induces firms to raise prices in order to take advantage of access to new markets. This generates markets with a flexible competitive structure giving rise to instances where trade and trade liberalization negatively impact welfare. Its key predictions can be identified by observing the presence of small yet highly productive firms and substitution by firms across markets as accessibility evolves. Using Thai firm-level data I establish the prevalence of these anomalous firms and demonstrate they face capacity constraints.

Keywords: Trade; Heterogeneous firms; Capacity constraints; Market access (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F12 F13 L11 L13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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DOI: 10.1016/j.euroecorev.2014.06.003

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