Richard Bräuer

Richard Bräuer
Aktuelle Position

seit 10/15

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter der Abteilung Strukturwandel und Produktivität

Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Halle (IWH)

Forschungsschwerpunkte

  • angewandte Mikroökonometrie
  • Firmenproduktivität
  • Innovation

Richard Bräuer ist seit Oktober 2015 Doktorand in der Abteilung Strukturwandel und Produktivität. Seine Forschungsschwerpunkte liegen in den Bereichen Innovation und Firmenproduktivität und deren gesamtwirtschaftlichen Auswirkungen.

Richard Bräuer hat sein Studium der Volkswirtschaft und der Geschichte an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München abgeschlossen.

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Publikationen

Arbeitspapiere

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Import Competition and Firm Productivity: Evidence from German Manufacturing

Richard Bräuer Matthias Mertens Viktor Slavtchev

in: IWH-Diskussionspapiere, Nr. 20, 2019

Abstract

This study analyses empirically the effects of import competition on firm productivity (TFPQ) using administrative firm-level panel data from German manufacturing. We find that only import competition from high-income countries is associated with positive incentives for firms to invest in productivity improvement, whereas import competition from middle- and low-income countries is not. To rationalise these findings, we further look at the characteristics of imports from the two types of countries and the effects on R&D, employment and sales. We provide evidence that imports from high-income countries are relatively capital-intensive and technologically more sophisticated goods, at which German firms tend to be relatively good. Costly investment in productivity appears feasible reaction to such type of competition and we find no evidence for downscaling. Imports from middle- and low-wage countries are relatively labour-intensive and technologically less sophisticated goods, at which German firms tend to generally be at disadvantage. In this case, there are no incentives to invest in innovation and productivity and firms tend to decline in sales and employment.

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