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The Margins of Global Sourcing: Theory and Evidence from U.S. Firms

Pol Antras, Teresa Fort () and Felix Tintelnot

No 20772, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: We develop a quantifiable multi-country sourcing model in which firms self-select into importing based on their productivity and country-specific variables. In contrast to canonical export models where firm profits are additively separable across destination markets, global sourcing decisions naturally interact through the firm's cost function. We show that, under an empirically relevant condition, selection into importing exhibits complementarities across source markets. We exploit these complementarities to solve the firm's problem and estimate the model. Comparing counterfactual predictions to reduced-form evidence highlights the importance of interdependencies in firms' sourcing decisions across markets, which generate heterogeneous domestic sourcing responses to trade shocks.

JEL-codes: C63 D21 D22 F12 F23 F61 L11 L16 L23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014-12
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Published as Pol Antràs & Teresa C. Fort & Felix Tintelnot, 2017. "The Margins of Global Sourcing: Theory and Evidence from US Firms," American Economic Review, vol 107(9), pages 2514-2564.

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