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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.' PLoS One, 15 (11). ISSN 1932-6203

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Abstract

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 reported by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Finding that these flows are in several dimensions quite different, we then explore the implications of these differences more formally. Since several studies within the international trade literature report findings based on the self-reported export values in financial datasets, we discuss these findings in light of the departure of financial dataset-based exports from “true” (HMRC) export values.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2020 15:05
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2020 15:05
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/29124

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