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Determinants of Intra-Firm Trade

Sotiris Blanas () and Adnan Seric ()

No 178118175, Working Papers from Lancaster University Management School, Economics Department

Abstract: By exploiting a unique sample of foreign affliates in Sub-Saharan Africa, we study previously examined and unexamined firm-level determinants of intra-firm trade. We document that foreign affliates engaging in intra-firm trade are relatively few and that the majority of these also engage in trade at arm's length, which accounts for an important fraction of their total trade. The identified firm-level determinants of intra-firm trade are consistent with property rights and intangible assets theories of the multinational firm, with international production hierarchies theories, as well as with theories of different FDI types and of multinational activity under credit constraints.

Keywords: intra-firm trade determinants; foreign affliates; Sub-Saharan Africa (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F19 F23 L21 L23 L25 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2017
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