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Marta Santamaria

Assistant Professor of Economics at University Of Warwick

Marta Santamaria is an Assistant professor of Economics at the University of Warwick. She received her PhD in Economics from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona in 2019. Her work is at the intersection of International trade, development and spatial economics. She is interested in how different barriers to trade shape the distribution of economic activity. She has studied the reallocation of infrastructure investments in West Germany, the effects of borders for trade and procurement markets in Europe, and the importance of contractual frictions in India.

Recent work by Marta Santamaria

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    Community networks and trade: Evidence from India

    Production networks matter for firm growth. However, little is known about what shapes firms’ production networks in developing countries. This column explores the role of community networks in West Bengal in firm-to-firm trade between 2010 and 2016. Firms systematically trade more within their caste than they would if trading relationships were randomly chosen, both for firms in large and smaller castes. Being in the same caste doubles the probability that two firms trade and, when they do, increases trade volumes by almost 20%.

    Published 13.10.23