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Retail Globalization and Household Welfare: Evidence from Mexico

David Atkin, Benjamin Faber, Marco Gonzalez-Navarro

NBER Working Paper No. 21176
Issued in May 2015, Revised in January 2016

---- Acknowledgments ----

We are grateful to Hector Guzmán at Banco de México and Mauricio Varela at Arizona for providing us with the retail openings data. We also thank Rafael Posse and Javier Romero at INEGI, and José Antonio Murillo at Banco de México for providing us access to the non-public access microdata of the Mexican CPI. Etienne Gagnon at the Fed Board in Washington D.C. kindly shared his data on the public access part of the Mexican CPI. Natalia Volkow at INEGI was pivotal in gaining access to the confidential microdata of the Mexican retail census. We are also grateful to the Mexico City office of a large international market research company for supporting an academic collaboration and granting us access to their uncensored barcode-level consumption microdata, and to Enrique Seira Bejarano and Paul Gertler who were instrumental in making that happen. Finally, we thank Costas Arkolakis, Dominick Bartelme, Jonathan Eaton, Jessie Handbury, Erik Hurst, Seema Jayachandran, Dan Keniston, Dmitri Koustas, David Lagakos, Natalia Ramondo, Steve Redding, Andrés Rodríguez-Clare and participants at multiple seminars for helpful comments. This research has been supported by funding from the Ontario Work-Study Program. This research has been supported by funding from the OntarioWork-Study Program. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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