Imports of Intermediate Inputs and Country Size

10 Pages Posted: 17 Jun 2013

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Mohammad Amin

World Bank - Enterprise Analysis Unit

Asif Islam

World Bank - Development Economics Group (DEC)

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Date Written: June 3, 2013

Abstract

The present paper analyzes the relationship between country size and the use of imported intermediate inputs by firms in 76 developing countries. Recent evidence indicates that the use of imported inputs can have a large positive effect on productivity and growth thus motivating a better understanding of the determinants of imported inputs. Our results confirm that relative to large countries, firms in small countries are both likely to use more imported inputs and a larger share of imported inputs in their total inputs. Interestingly, adjusting for the mean level of imports of inputs and exports of goods in our sample, we find the strength of the relationship between imports and country size is roughly similar to what we find for exports of goods and country size.

Suggested Citation

Amin, Mohammad and Islam, Asif Mohammed, Imports of Intermediate Inputs and Country Size (June 3, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2279939 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2279939

Mohammad Amin

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