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Import Penetration, Intermediate Inputs and Productivity: Evidence from Italian Firms

Altomonte, Carlo and Barattieri, Alessandro and Rungi, Armando Import Penetration, Intermediate Inputs and Productivity: Evidence from Italian Firms. Rivista italiana degli economisti, 55 (1). pp. 45-66. ISSN 1593-8662 (2014)

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We test the impact of import penetration on the productivity of a sample of roughly 35,000 Italian manufacturing firms operating in the period 1996-2003, considering the impact on productivity of both import penetration in the same industry and import penetration in the up-stream industries. We also distinguish the source country of imports. We find that: 1) import penetration has a positive effect on productivity. 2) The effects are much larger for import penetration in up-stream industries than for import penetration in the same industry. 3) Imports from the other European countries and the BRICS have more significant impact on the productivity of Italian firms than imports from the US.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: 10.1427/76114
Uncontrolled Keywords: Import Penetration; Intermediate Inputs; Productivity. - JEL classification: F14; F61.
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DG Italy
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Research Area: Economics and Institutional Change
Depositing User: Ms T. Iannizzi
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2013 15:28
Last Modified: 12 May 2014 07:33
URI: http://eprints.imtlucca.it/id/eprint/1865

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