María Carmen Bas

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This paper shows that the diverging results obtained in the literature on the firm size-growth relationship can be reconciled in a very general theoretical framework featuring firm-level heterogeneity and investment decision. Three main elements determine the nature and the intensity of the relationship between firm-level size and investment: the shape of(More)
Do variations in labor market institutions across countries affect the cross-border organization of the firm? Using firm-level data on multinationals located in France, we show that firms are more likely to outsource the production of intermediate inputs to external suppliers when importing from countries with empowered unions. Moreover, this effect is(More)
Although firms are dispersed across space and may face radically different production conditions , this dimension of firm heterogeneity is often overlooked. Differences between factor markets, especially for labor, are stark. To pursue this line of inquiry, we model firm hiring across local labor markets. We then use the model to estimate and quantify the(More)
We study the impact of trade on productivity using Chilean plant-level data (1982-1999). Our contribution is to disentangle the impact of export and import barriers. Firstly, we estimate the production functions to obtain plant TFP. Secondly , we estimate trade barriers (border effects) between Chile and its trading partners at the industry level and over(More)
This paper extends the literature on trade liberalization and labour by investigating the relationship between imports of intermediate inputs and plant-level workforce composition during India's tariff liberalization. Using detailed plant-level data from the In-dian manufacturing sector, I irst show that the increase in imported intermediate inputs in(More)
  • RAISE EXPORTS, Maria Bas, Vanessa Strauss-Kahn
  • 2011
The globalization process is characterized by a significant increase in world imports of intermediate goods. In this work, we investigate how imported inputs affect firm's export performance. This question does not lack of political relevance. A positive impact of an increased used of imported inputs on export scope would mitigate the negative effect of(More)
This paper develops a model of trade that features heterogeneous rms, technology choice and dierent types of skilled labor in a general equilibrium framework. Its main contribution is to explain the impact of trade integration on technology adoption and wage inequalities. It also provides empirical evidence to support the model's main assumption and(More)