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Exports and Productivity - Comparable Evidence for 14 Countries

  • We use comparable micro level panel data for 14 countries and a set of identically specified empirical models to investigate the relationship between exports and productivity. Our overall results are in line with the big picture that is by now familiar from the literature: Exporters are more productive than non-exporters when observed and unobserved heterogeneity are controlled for, and these exporter productivity premia tend to increase with the share of exports in total sales; there is strong evidence in favour of self-selection of more productive firms into export markets, but nearly no evidence in favour of the learning-by-exporting hypothesis. We document that the exporter premia differ considerably across countries in identically specified empirical models. In a meta-analysis of our results we find that countries that are more open and have more effective government report higher productivity premia. However, the level of development per se does not appear to be an explanation for the observed cross-country differences.

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URL: https://pub-data.leuphana.de/frontdoor/index/index/docId/528
Series (Serial Number):University of Lüneburg Working paper series in economics (65)
Document Type:ResearchPaper
Year of Completion:2007
Date of Publication (online):2007/12/13
Publishing Institution:Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Universitätsbibliothek der Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Creating Corporation:The International Study Group on Export and Productivity
Contributing Corporation:Universität Lüneburg, Institut für Volkswirtschaftslehre
Release Date:2007/12/13
Tag:Exports; international comparison; micro data; productivity
GND Keyword:Export; Produktivität; Personenbezogene Daten; Internationaler Wettbewerb
Institutes:Fakultät Wirtschaftswissenschaften / Institut für Volkswirtschaftslehre (IVWL)
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 33 Wirtschaft / 330 Wirtschaft
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht