Journal Article

Chinese Trade Reforms, Market Access and Foreign Competition: The Patterns of French Exporters

Maria Bas and Pamela Bombarda

in The World Bank Economic Review

Volume 27, issue 1, pages 80-108
Published in print February 2013 | ISSN: 0258-6770
Published online June 2012 | e-ISSN: 1564-698X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/wber/lhs016
Chinese Trade Reforms, Market Access and Foreign Competition: The Patterns of French Exporters

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A unilateral trade reform generates two opposite effects: market access expansion and strengthening of competitive pressures in the liberalized market. Using detailed trade and firm-level data from France, we investigate how French firms' product scope and export sales changed after Chinese liberalization vis-à-vis Asian liberalization. Our findings suggest that lower Chinese import tariffs account on average for 7 percent of the new products exported by French firms, and for 18 percent of additional French export sales. These results are robust when accounting for foreign competition faced by French firms in the liberalized market.

Keywords: F12; F13; L11

Journal Article.  10743 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Trade ; Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance

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