(), Aili Tangz Sofia Tano
(), Natasha Agarwal
() and Zheng Wang
Magnus Lodefalk: The Ratio Institute, Postal: The Ratio Institute, P.O. Box 5095, SE-102 42 Stockholm, Sweden
Aili Tangz Sofia Tano: Örebro University
Natasha Agarwal: World Education Foundation
Zheng Wang: University of Nottingham
Abstract: Information frictions make non-simultaneous exchange risky, particularly across borders. Therefore, many countries insure cross-border exchange. We investigate the effects on firm trade, jobs, value added and productivity, using uniquely detailed, comprehensive and longitudinal transaction-level Swedish data on insurance and granular data on exporters and foreign buyers. For identification, we employ matching and differencein- difference and fuzzy regression discontinuity estimators and exploit a quasi-natural experiment. We find strikingly heterogeneous effects across firm size and response variables. The strongest positive effects are for small traders and new users. Overall, the evidence suggests a causal link from export insurance to firm performance.
66 pages, First version: December 27, 2018. Revised: April 23, 2021. Earlier revisions: November 13, 2019, April 23, 2021.
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