The variation of export prices across and within firms
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This paper uses transaction-level trade data to analyze the differences in export prices across and within Spanish firms exporting manufactures in the 2010–2014 period. The transactional nature of the database uncovers sizable differences in the price that an exporter charges for the same product and destination. These differences are related with the number of goods covered within each product category, the exported quantity per transaction and the number of transactions carried out by firms.
KeywordsExport prices Firm-level transaction data Heterogeneous firms Quality Spain
JEL ClassificationF1 F10 F23
We thank Francisco Olarte for preparing the SABI data used in the empirical analyses. We are grateful to Michele Bernini, participants at 19th Encuentro de Economía Aplicada and 20th Annual LACEA Conference for valuable comments and suggestion. We also thank the Department of Customs and Excise of the Spanish Tax Agency (AEAT) for providing the essential information for this paper. We gratefully acknowledge financial support from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO ECO2016-79650-P and ECO2015-68057-R, co-financed with FEDER), the Generalitat Valenciana (GVPROMETEO 2017/052) and the Basque Government Department of Education, Language policy and Culture (IT885-16).
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