Discussion Paper

No. 2012-50 | October 04, 2012
The Granular Nature of the Great Export Collapse in German Manufacturing Industries, 2008/2009

Abstract

This paper uses comprehensive high-quality panel data from official statistics for exporting enterprises to investigate the micro-structure of the recent export collapse in manufacturing industries in Germany during the crisis of 2008/2009. Almost all of the decline in exports was due to negative changes of exports in firms that continue to export (i.e. at the so-called intensive margin) while the decrease of exports due to export stoppers (at the so-called extensive margin) was tiny. It is shown that idiosyncratic shocks to very large firms played a decisive role in shaping the export collapse.

JEL Classification

F14 E23

Cite As

Joachim Wagner (2012). The Granular Nature of the Great Export Collapse in German Manufacturing Industries, 2008/2009. Economics Discussion Papers, No 2012-50, Kiel Institute for the World Economy. http://www.economics-ejournal.org/economics/discussionpapers/2012-50

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Comments and Questions


Anonymous - Referee Report 1
November 06, 2012 - 08:44

see attached file


Joachim Wagner - Remarks on Referee Report #1
November 12, 2012 - 13:48

Dear Editor,
I attach a file with my comments on the report of referee #1.
Best,
Joachim Wagner


Joachim Wagner - Comments on report by referee #1
November 12, 2012 - 13:51

Dear Referee,
thank you very much for carefully reading my paper and making severel important suggestions that will help to improve it in the next version. I attach my comments on your report.
Sincerely yours,
Joachim Wagner