Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/121015
Authors: 
Felbermayr, Gabriel J.
Jung, Benjamin
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
FIW Working Paper 14
Abstract: 
Trade economists traditionally study the effect of lower variable trade costs. While increasingly important politically, technical barriers to trade (TBTs) have received less attention. Viewing TBTs as fixed regulatory costs related to the entry into export markets, we use a model with heterogeneous firms, trade in differentiated goods, and variable external economies of scale to sort out the rich interactions between TBT reform, input diversity, firm-level productivity, and aggregate productivity. We calibrate the model for 14 industries in order to clarify the theoretical ambiguities. Overall, our results tend to suggest beneficial effects of TBT reform but also reveal interesting sectoral variation.
Subjects: 
Heterogenous Firms
Single European Market
International Trade
Technical Barriers to Trade
Regulatory Costs
JEL: 
F12
F13
F15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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