EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

One way to the top: How services boost the demand for goods

Andrea Ariu, Florian Mayneris () and Mathieu Parenti ()
Additional contact information
Mathieu Parenti: Université Libre de Bruxelles: ECARES and CEPR Belgium.

No 340, Working Paper Research from National Bank of Belgium

Abstract: In this paper, we take advantage of a uniquely detailed dataset on firm-level exports of both goods and services to show that demand complementarities between services and goods enable firms to boost their manufacturing exports by also providing services. The positive causal effect of services accounts for up to 25% of the manufacturing exports of bi-exporters (i.e. the firms that export both goods and services), and 12% of overall goods exports from Belgium. We find that by associating services with their goods, bi-exporters increase both the quantities and the prices of their goods. To rationalize these findings, we develop a new model of oligopolistic competition featuring one-way complementarity between goods and services, product differentiation, and love for variety. By supplying services with their goods, firms increase their market share, and hence their market power and markup. The model then shows that exporting services acts as a demand shifter for firms, increasing the perceived quality of their products. Going back to the data, we find strong confirmation for this mechanism.

Keywords: van Zeeland; Kemmerer; Federal Reserve System; financial crisis; banking reform (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F10 F14 L80 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eur and nep-int
Date: 2018-03
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (2) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
https://www.nbb.be/doc/oc/repec/reswpp/wp340en.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
Working Paper: One Way to the Top: How Services Boost the Demand for Goods (2018) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:nbb:reswpp:201803-340

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Working Paper Research from National Bank of Belgium Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by ().

 
Page updated 2019-04-14
Handle: RePEc:nbb:reswpp:201803-340