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Globalization and State Capitalism: Assessing Vietnam's Accession to the WTO

Leonardo Baccini, Giammario Impullitti and Edmund J. Malesky

CEP Discussion Papers from Centre for Economic Performance, LSE

Abstract: What do state-owned enterprises (SOEs) do? How do they respond to market incentives? Can we expect substantial efficiency gains from trade liberalization in economies with a strong presence of SOEs? Using a new dataset of Vietnamese firms we document a set of empirical regularities distinguishing SOEs from private _rms. Then we empirically study the effect of the 2007 WTO accession on selection, competition, and productivity. Our results show that WTO entry is associated with higher probability of exit, lower firm profitability, and substantial increases in productivity for private firms but not for SOEs. Our estimates suggest that the overall productivity gains would have been about 40% larger in a counterfactual Vietnamese economy without SOEs. We highlight some economic mechanisms possibly driving these findings through the lenses of a model of trade with heterogeneous private and state-owned firms. The model suggests that political/regulatory barriers to entry and access to credit are key drivers of the different response of SOEs to trade liberalization. Further empirical tests broadly validate these insights.

Keywords: state-owned enterprises; state capitalism; heterogeneous firms; gains from trade; WTO; Vietnam (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F12 F13 F14 P31 P33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-bec, nep-int, nep-sea and nep-tra
Date: 2019-01
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Journal Article: Globalization and state capitalism: Assessing Vietnam's accession to the WTO (2019) Downloads
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