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Publications [#290828] of Daniel Yi Xu

Journal Articles

  1. Edmond, C; Midrigan, V; Xu, DY, Competition, markups, and the gains from international trade, American Economic Review, vol. 105 no. 10 (January, 2015), pp. 3183-3221, American Economic Association, ISSN 0002-8282 [doi]
    (last updated on 2019/12/09)

    We study the procompetitive gains from international trade in a quantitative model with endogenously variable markups. We find that trade can significantly reduce markup distortions if two conditions are satisfied: (i ) there is extensive misallocation, and (ii ) opening to trade exposes hitherto dominant producers to greater competitive pressure. We measure the extent to which these two conditions are satisfied in Taiwanese producer-level data. Versions of our model consistent with the Taiwanese data predict that opening up to trade strongly increases competition and reduces markup distortions by up to one-half, thus significantly reducing productivity losses due to misallocation.

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