Chinese Trade Reforms, Market Access and Foreign Competition: The Patterns of French Exporters

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Maria Bas

Centre d'Etudes Prospectives et d'Info. Internationales (CEPII)

Pamela Bombarda

University of Cergy-Pontoise

Date Written: January 1, 2013

Abstract

A unilateral trade reform generates two opposite effects: market access expansion and strengthening of competitive pressures in the liberalized market. Using detailed trade and firm-level data from France, the authors investigate how French firms' product scope and export sales changed after Chinese liberalization vis-a-vis Asian liberalization. The findings suggest that lower Chinese import tariffs account on average for 7 percent of the new products exported by French firms, and for 18 percent of additional French export sales. These results are robust when accounting for foreign competition faced by French firms in the liberalized market.

Keywords: Free Trade, Markets and Market Access, Microfinance, Trade Policy, Economic Theory & Research

Suggested Citation

Bas, Maria and Bombarda, Pamela, Chinese Trade Reforms, Market Access and Foreign Competition: The Patterns of French Exporters (January 1, 2013). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 6330, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2205748

Maria Bas

Centre d'Etudes Prospectives et d'Info. Internationales (CEPII) ( email )

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Pamela Bombarda

University of Cergy-Pontoise ( email )

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Cergy-Pontoise Cedex, Cedex 95011
France

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