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Seminar in International Economics im Wintersemester 2017/18


Das FIW bietet gemeinsam mit dem wiiw regelmäßig Vorlesungen in Form eines Seminars in "International Economics" an.

Ort: wiiw Wiener Institut für Internationale Wirtschaftsvergleiche, Rahlgasse 3, 1060 Wien

Evolve to survive: Firm adjustment to customs-driven administrative barriers

Monday, 23 October 2017, 3.00 – 4.30 pm
wiiw, Rahlgasse 3, 1060 Vienna



Evolve to survive:
Firm adjustment to customs-driven administrative barriers


Evgenii Monastyrenko

Paris School of Economics


The presentation is based on a paper co-authored with Cristina Daniela Herghelegiu (Paris School of Economics).





Over the last decades, tariffs have been substantially reduced through multilateral and regional negotiations. The research and policy agendas have shifted towards less standard trade barriers. Exporters all over the world must comply with complex regulations, prepare the necessary paperwork, have their shipments inspected and be subject to lengthy customs clearance. Uncertainty associated with the time delays induced by customs clearance and uncertainty in delivery conditions may negatively affect trade.


This paper explores the role of uncertainty in trade associated with both customs-specific time delays and delivery conditions. We employ a highly detailed dataset on the export from Russia, over the 2011-2015 period. By exploiting the customs clearance process in Russia, we identify the causal impact of customs-driven administrative barriers on the extensive and intensive margins of export flows. We show that time delays induced by customs clearance negatively affect exports, even after controlling for other potentially confounding factors. Overall, we observe significant heterogeneity in stringency of customs-related administrative barriers across customs control points at the border. We further explore the role of Incoterms, which are used as a tool to delimit the risks associated with transportation and delivery of goods. We show that the more risks are passed to the buyers, the higher the export value is. Meanwhile, in the cases where exporters take full control over export clearance, the export margins are significantly higher.


Keywords:    Customs, Administrative barriers, Uncertainty, Export margins.

JEL CodesF10, F13, F14.



We kindly ask you to register for the event. Participation is free of charge.


This seminar series is an activity in the framework of FIW ('Forschungsschwerpunkt Internationale Wirtschaft'), which is a project designed to build a centre of excellence in research on International Economics, funded by the Austrian Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW).


The seminar programme is regularly updated. Please visit the wiiw or FIW website for the current version of the programme. Papers and presentation slides, as far as available, are posted on our webpage after the respective seminars.