Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/108161
Authors: 
Békés, Gábor
Harasztosi, Péter
Muraközy, Balázs
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
IEHAS Discussion Papers MT-DP - 2009/19
Abstract: 
This paper provides a detailed description of Hungarian trade data and key patters drawn at the firm and product level. The IEHAS-CEFiG Hungary dataset is an almost universal panel of balance sheet information (1992-2006) merged with firmproductcountry level customs data (1992-2003) taken until the 2004 EU accession. In the Bernard et al. (2007) tradition, statistics describe the prevalence of trading activity, typology of firms by internationalisation, concentration of trade volume within and across sectors as well as geographical features of activities. The aim of this paper is both to offer background statistics to existing studies and to stimulate future research on firms and trade by offering a great deal of descriptive statistics. After describing datasets, the prevalence of trading activity across sectors, concentration of trading volume across and within sectors, spatial distribution on trade and principal trading partners are described. Stylised facts show that trading activity is heavily concentrated, both exporters and importers show better performance than non-traders, and multi-product and multi-county firms are responsible for the bulk of trade volume.
Subjects: 
international trade
exporting
firm-product level data
JEL: 
F23
F14
D21
R12
R30
ISBN: 
978-963-9796-77-5
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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