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Firm-Destination Heterogeneity and the Distribution of Export Intensity

Defever, F. & Riano Londono, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-8824-4055 (2022). Firm-Destination Heterogeneity and the Distribution of Export Intensity. Economics Letters, 219, 110810. doi: 10.1016/j.econlet.2022.110810


We derive closed-form expressions for the distribution of export intensity when firm-destination-specific revenue shifters are distributed gamma, Fr ́echet and Weibull in a two-country model of trade with isoelastic demand. We estimate the parameters governing the distribution of export intensity for each type of revenue shifter across 72 countries. We compare the model’s fit to the distribution of export intensity across countries when revenue shifters are distributed lognormal, gamma and Fr ́echet/Weibull. While lognormal slightly outperforms the other distributions, all revenue shifters considered reproduce salient features of export intensity distributions within and between countries quite successfully.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: ©2022 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (
Publisher Keywords: Exports; Export Intensity Distribution; Firm Heterogeneity
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > Economics
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