Exporters and Shocks: Dissecting the International Elasticity Puzzle

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Title: Exporters and Shocks: Dissecting the International Elasticity Puzzle
Authors: Fitzgerald, Doireann
Haller, Stefanie
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/5604
Date: Apr-2014
Abstract: Aggregate exports are not very responsive to real exchange rates, though they re- spond strongly to trade liberalizations, a fact sometimes referred to as the International Elasticity Puzzle. We use micro data on firms and exports for Ireland to dissect the puzzle. Our identification strategy uses within-firm-year cross-market variation in real exchange rates and tariffs to identify the responses of export participation, export rev- enue and the product dimension of exporting to these variables. We show that (i) the weak response of export revenue of long-time market participants to real exchange rates is key to the behavior of aggregate exports, (ii) export participation also responds less to real exchange rates than to tariffs, but this alone cannot explain the puzzle; and (iii) the revenue response of long-time market participants cannot be accounted for by product entry responses. Hence any model that can successfully account for the puzzle needs to match the intensive margin responses of exporting firms.
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. School of Economics
Keywords: Firm exports;Tariffs;Exchange rates;International elasticity puzzle
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Economics Working Papers & Policy Papers

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