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Is Publicly-Reported Firm-Level Trade Data Reliable? Evidence from the UK

Breinlich, Holger and Nolen, Patrick and Wright, Greg C (2020) Is Publicly-Reported Firm-Level Trade Data Reliable? Evidence from the UK. Working Paper. University of Essex, Department of Economics, Economics Discussion Papers, Colchester. (Unpublished)


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In this paper we compare firms’ self-reported overseas sales, as reported in a commonly used UK financial reporting dataset, with their actual exports, as reportedby Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Finding that these flows are inseveral dimensions quite different, we then explore the implications of these differ-ences more formally. Since several studies within the international trade literature report findings based on the self-reported export values in financial datasets, wediscuss these findings in light of the departure of financial dataset-based exportsfrom “true” (HMRC) export values.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans; Truth Disclosure; Internationality; Commerce; Industry; Self Report; United Kingdom
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2020 09:28
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2022 23:01

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