Working Papers, Department of Economics, Lund University
The Features of a Survey on the Export Decisions of Swedish Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
Abstract: This paper presents the features of a survey on Swedish
firms' export decisions conducted in February 2015 focusing on a sample of
10,000 small and medium-sized enterprises. The survey was divided into two
major sections. The first section targeted all firms and focused on firms'
general situation (e.g. competition, type of co-operations, etc.). The
second section focused on firms' export decisions and was only addressed to
current, former and future exporters. Around 3,000 firms answered the
questionnaire within a three-month period. We show that the survey does not
suffer from any non-response biases by investigating whether respondents
differ from non-respondents, whether early respondents differ from late
ones, and whether the respondents' answers can be validated with external
and more objective information. We are therefore confident that the survey
may be used to represent the total population of small and medium-sized
enterprises in the Swedish manufacturing sector.
Keywords: Swedish SMEs; Export decisions; Co-operation; Trade costs; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: F10; (follow links to similar papers)
19 pages, April 4, 2017
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