Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/102681
Authors: 
Wagner, Joachim
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
University of Lüneburg Working Paper Series in Economics 298
Abstract: 
This paper uses a tailor-made newly available data set for enterprises from manufacturing industries in Germany to investigate for the first time the links between the extensive margins of imports (the number of imported goods and the number of countries imported from) and firm profitability. While both extensive margins are highly positively linked with firm productivity, profits are not higher in firms that import more goods and from more countries. This demonstrates that productivity advantages of importers are eaten up by extra costs related to buying more goods in more countries.
Subjects: 
Imports
intensive margins
profitability
Germany
JEL: 
F14
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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