The Organization of Firms in a Global Economy

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Harvard University Press, Jun 30, 2009 - Business & Economics - 368 pages
Presents a new research program that is transforming the study of international trade. Until a few years ago, models of international trade did not recognize the heterogeneity of firms and exporters, and could not provide good explanations of international production networks. Now such models exist and are explored in this volume.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Contractual Frictions and Global Sourcing
9
An Empirical Analysis
55
3 Contract Enforcement Comparative Advantageand LongRun Growth
84
4 The Dynamics of FirmLevel Adjustment to Trade Liberalization
107
Firm Heterogeneity and International Trade
142
6 Optimal Choice of Product Scope for Multiproduct Firms under Monopolistic Competition
173
7 Firm Heterogeneity IntraFirm Trade and the Role of Central Locations
200
FirmLevel Evidence
231
9 Fair Wages and Foreign Sourcing
273
Middle Managers and Communication Costs
311
List of Contributors
341
Author Index
343
Subject Index
347
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Elhanan Helpman is Galen L. Stone Professor of International Trade at Harvard University and the author of many research articles and books.

Thierry Verdier is Scientific Director, Paris School of Economics, and Professor of Economics, University of Southampton.

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