Discussion paper

DP7530 The Determinants of Intra-Firm Trade

How successful is the theory of the firm in explaining intra-firm trade? To answer this question we exploit a unique dataset of 1,141,393 French import transactions, spanning across firm, countries and products in 1999, and reporting whether a transaction is intra-firm. Overall, we find support for the main predictions of the partial equilibrium property-rights approach and further deliver facts that can be useful for further theoretical development. We document substantial within-industry heterogeneity while providing evidence of the importance of the firm dimension of sourcing choices as well as of the key distinction between the extensive and intensive margins.


Verdier, T, G Mion, D Irac and G Corcos (2009), ‘DP7530 The Determinants of Intra-Firm Trade‘, CEPR Discussion Paper No. 7530. CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/dp7530