Francis Kramarz, ENSAE ParisTech: Firm-to-Firm Trade: imports, exports and the labor market

Department seminar. Francis Kramarz is a Professor at ENSAE ParisTech. He will present a paper entitled "Firm-to-Firm Trade: imports, exports and the labor market", co-authored by Jonathan Eaton and Samuel Kortum.

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Francis Kramarz.


Customs data and firm-level production data reveal both the heterogeneity and the granularity of individual buyers, and sellers. We seek to capture these firm-level features in a general equilibrium model that is also consistent with observations at the aggregate level. Our model is one of product trade through random meetings. Buyers, who may be households looking for final products or firms looking for inputs, connect with sellers randomly. At the firm level, the model generates predictions for imports, exports, and the share of labor in production broadly consistent with observations on French manufacturers. At the aggregate level, firm-to-firm trade determines bilateral trade shares as well as laborís share of output in each country.


Host: Edwin Leuven

Published Feb. 7, 2018 2:40 PM - Last modified Mar. 12, 2018 10:57 AM