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Vertical Integration, Supplier Behavior, and Quality Upgrading among Exporters

Christopher Hansman, Jonas Hjort, Gianmarco León, Matthieu Teachout

NBER Working Paper No. 23949
Issued in October 2017, Revised in July 2018

---- Acknowledgments ----

We are especially grateful to Francesco Amodio, Bob Gibbons, Amit Khandelwal, Eric Verhoogen, and Chris Woodruff for detailed feedback. We also thank Charles Angelucci, David Atkin, Jie Bai, Jing Cai, Lorenzo Casaburi, Wouter Dessein, Dave Donaldson, Marina Halac, Oliver Hart, Rocco Macchiavello, Ameet Morjaria, Kaivan Munshi, Andrea Prat, John Van Reenen, Xiao Yu Wang, and Daniel Wolfenzon for very helpful comments and suggestions; seminar participants at Cambridge, Columbia, LSE, MIT, NBER, UPF, Zurich, the Markets and Organizations in Emerging Economies Conference, the Society of Institutional and Organizational Economics, the Summer School in Development Economics (SSDEV), and the IGC/Stanford SCID conference on Firms, Trade and Development; and Patrick Kennedy and Leonor Lamas for great research assistance and field work. The Peruvian Ministry of Production, Cesar Casahuamán, and IFFO (in particular Enrico Bachis and Jorge Mora) kindly shared access to data. León acknowledges financial support from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, through the Severo Ochoa Programme for Centres of Excellence in R&D (SEV2015-00563) and grant ECO2011-25272. 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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