Networks and Trade
Trade occurs between firms both across borders and within countries, and the vast majority of trade transactions includes at least one large firm with many trading partners. This paper reviews the literature on firm-to-firm connections in trade. A growing body of evidence coming from domestic and international transaction data has established empirical regularities which have inspired the development of new theories emphasizing firm heterogeneity among both buyers and suppliers in production networks. Theoretical work has considered both static and dynamic matching environments in a framework of many-to-many matching. The literature on trade and production networks is at an early stage, and there are a large number of unanswered empirical and theoretical questions.
We thank Alexander Skage for excellent research assistance. This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 715147). The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Andrew B. Bernard & Andreas Moxnes, 2018. "Networks and Trade," Annual Review of Economics, vol 10(1). citation courtesy of