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January 2015Technology and Geography in the Second Industrial Revolution: New Evidence from the Margins of Trade
with Christopher M. Meissner, Kim Oosterlinck: w20851
In the Belle Époque, Belgium recorded an unprecedented trade boom, but growth in output per capita was lackluster. We seek to reconcile this ostensible paradox. Because of the sharp decline in both fixed and variable trade costs, the trade boom was as much about the expansion in the number of products delivered and markets served as it was about shipping more of the same old products. We use a new highly disaggregated data set on bilateral exports at the product level to illustrate these claims. In line with new trade theory, the effect of trade on productivity was mediated by sector-level firm heterogeneity and product differentiation. In new technology sectors, like tramways, the high degree of firm heterogeneity amplified the effect of trade on productivity. But in other sectors, mainly...
September 2009Riding the Wave of Trade: Explaining the Rise of Labor Regulation in the Golden Age of Globalization
with Christopher M. Meissner: w15374
The received view pins the adoption of labor regulation before 1914 on domestic forces. Using directed dyad-year event history analysis, we find that trade was also a pathway of diffusion. Market access served as an important instrument to encourage a level playing field. The type of trade mattered as much as the volume. In the European core, states emulated the labor regulation of partners because intraindustry trade was important. The New World exported less differentiated products and pressures to imitate were weak.

Published: Riding the Wave of Trade: Explaining the Rise of Labor Regulation in the Golden Age of Globalization (2010) Journal of Economic History 70 (3) pp. 657-685 . (with Michael Huberman)

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