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Imports 'R' Us: Retail Chains as Platforms for Developing-Country Imports


Emek Basker


University of Missouri - Department of Economics

Van H. Pham


Baylor University - Department of Economics

December 1, 2008


Abstract:     
By exploiting the uneven consolidation in the retail sector over the past few years we find that Chinese and other LDC imports are disproportionately sold by the largest retail firms. Smaller retailers sell almost as many imports but they are more likely to import from high-cost source countries. We apply a numerical algorithm to compute marginal propensities to import by firm size. The largest retail firms' propensity to import from China is 17 percentage points higher than that of smaller retailers; the corresponding difference in import propensities from LDCs as a whole is 27 points. The disproportionate growth of large retailers between 1997 and 2002 explains 5% of the overall growth in consumer goods imports, 20% of the growth in consumer goods imports from China, and 22% of the growth in consumer goods imports from LDCs.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 36

Keywords: Imports, Retail Chains

JEL Classification: F14, L11, L81

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Date posted: April 22, 2008 ; Last revised: December 4, 2008

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Basker, Emek and Pham, Van H., Imports 'R' Us: Retail Chains as Platforms for Developing-Country Imports (December 1, 2008). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1123282 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1123282

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Emek Basker (Contact Author)
University of Missouri - Department of Economics ( email )
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Columbia, MO 65211
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HOME PAGE: http://web.missouri.edu/~baskere/
Van H. Pham
Baylor University - Department of Economics ( email )
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Waco, TX 76798
United States
(254) 710-3521 (Phone)
(254) 710-6142 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.baylor.edu/van_pham
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