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Multi-product exporters: facts and fiction

Sheveleva, Yelena 2020. Multi-product exporters: facts and fiction. [Working Paper]. SSRN, Elsevier. Available at:

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In this paper, we propose a statistical model of multi-product exporters to characterize the null hypothesis of random product size distribution. It serves as a benchmark to test the empirical facts and predictions of theoretical models, including the models featuring core-competencies, productivity differences, and economies of scope. The model accounts for some well-documented differences between large and small scope exporters that have motivated many theoretical models. It provides a particularly good fit for patterns that involve order statistics, such as the differences between how much large and small scope exporters sell in their best/least selling products and variation in the ratio of sales between the best and the second best selling products.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Publisher: Elsevier
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Last Modified: 09 Apr 2021 15:15

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