Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/149294
Authors: 
Geishecker, Ingo
Schröder, Philipp J.H.
Sørensen, Allan
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 6207
Abstract: 
An astonishing 33% of all firm-product-destination export spells in Danish data turn out to be isolated single-month one-off export events (observed once in a 49 month window). On average, for an export-active firm, such one-off exports account for 17% of total foreign sales. These patterns cannot be explained by the lumpiness of trade (e.g., seasonal shipments), nor do they sit well with available models of trade. To reconcile the data with theory, we propose a model that includes passive (i.e., buyer-side driven) one-off exporting in addition to the customary proactive export channel. This framework guides our empirical investigation. We find that one-off exports arise relatively more often to far-away, low-income or unstable destinations; moreover, one-off exporting is associated with lower productivity and smaller firm size.
Subjects: 
passive exporting
proactive exporting
export duration
temporary trade
monthly transactions data
firm-level data
heterogeneous firms
JEL: 
F12
F14
L10
D40
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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