Veranstaltung
29
Oct 2018

10:15 - 11:45
IWH Research Seminar

The Downstream Impact of Upstream Tariffs: Evidence from Investment Decisions in Supply Chains

Using data on import tariffs and investment in U.S. manufacturing industries between 1974 and 2012, we show that upstream tariff reductions are followed by increased down-stream investment.

Who
Thorsten Martin  (Bocconi University)
Where
IWH conference room, Leipziger Straße 100
Thorsten Martin

Personal details

Thorsten Martin is Assistant Professor of Finance at Bocconi University. His research interests are corporate finance, industrial organization and entrepreneurship.

Using data on import tariffs and investment in U.S. manufacturing industries between 1974 and 2012, we show that upstream tariff reductions are followed by increased down-stream investment. We test different possible explanations. The results are most consistent with tariff reductions improving downstream customers’ incentives to invest by mitigating the risk of ex post hold-up from upstream suppliers. In particular, we find that the investment response is stronger if the customers have little bargaining power and are not vertically integrated with their suppliers, if the suppliers produce specific inputs, and if high uncertainty inhibits the use of long-term contracts.

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