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Trade, Foreign Networks and Performance: a Firm-Level Analysis for India

By Alessandra Tucci

Abstract

Using Indian firm-level data, this paper examines the combined role of import and export intensity in a context of foreign networks. The more Indian firms are involved in trade networks the more they have a productivity advantage. Finally, information on the origin of import and on the destination of output are used to shed some light on the kind of networks in which firms are involved. We show that the upstream or downstream contact with more developed countries is not correlated with an higher productivity while there it seems to be an advantage for those firms that import and export to the same area.

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