Dissecting the Effect of Credit Supply on Trade: Evidence from Matched Credit-Export Data

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Daniel Paravisini

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Veronica Rappoport

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Philipp Schnabl

New York University (NYU) - Department of Finance; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Daniel Wolfenzon

Columbia Business School - Finance and Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: April 2011

Abstract

We estimate the elasticity of exports to credit using matched customs and firm-level bank credit data from Peru. To account for non-credit determinants of exports, we compare changes in exports of the same product and to the same destination by firms borrowing from banks differentially affected by capital-flow reversals during the 2008 financial crisis. We find that credit shocks affect the intensive margin of exports, but have no significant impact on entry or exit of firms to new product and destination markets. Our results suggest that credit shortages reduce exports through raising the variable cost of production, rather than the cost of financing sunk entry investments.

Suggested Citation

Paravisini, Daniel and Rappoport, Veronica and Schnabl, Philipp and Wolfenzon, Daniel, Dissecting the Effect of Credit Supply on Trade: Evidence from Matched Credit-Export Data (April 2011). NBER Working Paper No. w16975. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1820087

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