Trade, Location and Multiproduct Firms

Author Name Rikard FORSLID (Stockholm University) / OKUBO Toshihiro (Keio University)
Creation Date/NO. October 2018 18-E-075
Research Project East Asian Industrial Productivity
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In this paper we study how trade liberalization affects the location and the product scope of firms. We find that the largest and most productive multiproduct firms concentrate to the larger market as a result of trade liberalization. Given some relocation costs, we also find that these firms will expand their product range in the larger market while firms in the smaller market will contract their product scope. These effects are magnified with firm-level productivity. The findings are consistent with Japanese manufacturing firm data.

Published: Forslid, Rikard, and Toshihiro Okubo, 2023. "Trade, location, and multi-product firms," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Volume 100 (2023), 103891.