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Regulatory harmonization, profits, and productivity: Firm-level evidence from Morocco

Augier Patricia, Olivier Cadot and Marion Dovis ()
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Augier Patricia: FERDI

No P162, Working Papers from FERDI

Abstract: This paper combines a new database on non-tariff measures (NTMs) with Morocco’s firm census to explore the effect of regulatory harmonization with the E.U. on firm-level outcomes. Exploiting cross-sectoral variation in the timing and extent of regulatory harmonization, we find that harmonization waves correlate with rises in labor productivity and with higher markups, allowing self-financing of the adaptation process at the firm level. We identify an induced market-structure change that made the observed rise in markups possible. Namely, harmonization temporarily sheltered the Moroccan market from competition from low-end producers in other developing countries, who took time to adapt. We identified this effect through changes in both trade patterns and firm-level outcomes. Thus, harmonization apparently generated a self-financing adaptation process by affecting both firm-level incentives and market structure.Keywords : Morocco, Trade, Non-Tariff Measures, Firms, Harmonization, Profit, Productivity

Keywords: Morocco; Trade; Non-Tariff Measures; Firms; Harmonization; Profit; Productivity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F13 F15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016-08
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