The Role of Imports for Exporter Performance in Peru

23 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2018

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Martha Denisse Pierola

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Ana M. Fernandes

World Bank - International Trade Division; World Bank

Thomas Farole

World Bank

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Date Written: February 2018

Abstract

Using highly disaggregated firm‐level customs data for imports and exports in Peru over the 2000–12 period, we explore the relationship between imports of intermediate inputs and firm export performance. The evidence shows that greater use, variety and quality of imported intermediate inputs are significantly correlated with higher export levels and growth, greater market diversification and higher export quality at the firm level, even after controlling for unobserved firm heterogeneity. Exporter–importers exposed to higher tariffs, and non‐tariff measures import less in total and exhibit lower import variety, whereas those using an advance customs clearance procedure designed to facilitate imports exhibit higher imports and a more diversified bundle of inputs.

Keywords: exporter diversification, exporter growth, firm‐level data, imported inputs

Suggested Citation

Pierola, Martha Denisse and Fernandes, Ana Margarida and Farole, Thomas, The Role of Imports for Exporter Performance in Peru (February 2018). The World Economy, Vol. 41, Issue 2, pp. 550-572, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3122753 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/twec.12524

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