Trade Liberalization and Growth: Plant-Level Evidence from Switzerland

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Abstract

This paper estimates the effect of trade liberalization on growth, using plant-level data from Switzerland. We employ a natural experiment framework to quantify the effect of a bundle of treaties liberalizing trade between Switzerland and the EU enacted in June 2002 ("Bilateral Agreements I") on the growth of Swiss plants. Using both a semi-parametric difference-in-differences and a matching approach, we find that the liberalization of trade increased the growth of affected plants by 1-2 percent during the first six years after liberalization. Our results suggest that trade liberalization has a relevant effect on growth.

Authors Bühler, Stefan; Helm, Marco & Lechner, Michael
Language English
Keywords Trade liberalization, growth, plant size, policy evaluation
Subjects economics
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed No
Date 2011
Publisher University of St. Gallen
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Stefan Bühler
Date Deposited 10 Aug 2011 13:11
Last Modified 23 Aug 2016 11:10
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/183989

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Bühler, Stefan; Helm, Marco & Lechner, Michael: Trade Liberalization and Growth: Plant-Level Evidence from Switzerland. , 2011,

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