Shipment Frequency of Exporters and Demand Uncertainty

Gabor Bekes, Lionel Fontagne, Balazs Murakozy, Vincent Vicard
2014 Social Science Research Network  
Firms adjust to differences in market size and demand uncertainty by changing the frequency and size of their export shipments. In our inventory model, transportation costs and optimal shipment frequency are determined on the basis of demand as well as inventory and per shipments costs. Using a cross section of monthly firm-product-destination level French export data we confirm that firms adjust on both margins for market size. In a stochastic setting, firms adjust to increased uncertainty by
more » ... sed uncertainty by reducing their sales and, for a given export volume, by reducing their number of shipments and increasing their shipment size. JEL-Code: D400, F120, R400.
doi:10.2139/ssrn.2414376 fatcat:srine4uux5gpjhtenbsxl2n24i