Product Standards and Margins of Trade: Firm Level Evidence
Lionel Fontagné (),
Gianluca Orefice (),
Roberta Piermartini and
No 4169, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo
We address the trade effect of restrictive product standards on the margins of trade, by matching a detailed panel of French firm exports with a new database compiling the list of Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary regulatory measures that have been raised as a concern in dedicated committees of the WTO. By using specific trade concerns to capture the degree of restrictiveness of product standards we focus only on standards that are perceived as a barrier to trade. We analyse their effects on three trade related aspects: (i) probability to export and to exit the export market (firm-product extensive margins), (ii) value exported (firm-product intensive margin) and (iii) export prices. We find that SPS concerns discourage the presence of French exporters in SPS-imposing foreign markets. We also find a negative effect of SPS imposition on the intensive margins of trade. Finally, the former negative effects of SPS are attenuated for big firms.
Keywords: international trade; firm heterogeneity; multi-product exporters; non-tariff barriers (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F12 F15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Journal Article: Product standards and margins of trade: Firm-level evidence (2015)
Working Paper: Product Standards and Margins of Trade: Firm Level Evidence (2013)
Working Paper: Product standards and margins of trade: Firm level evidence (2013)
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