Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation,
Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies

No 110: EXPORTS AND PRODUCTIVITY - comparable evidence for 14 countries

The International Study Group on Exports and Productivity ()
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The International Study Group on Exports and Productivity: Teams working with firm (establishment or enterprise) level data from 14 countries

Abstract: 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.

Keywords: Exports; productivity; micro data; international comparison

JEL-codes: D21; F14

82 pages, December 11, 2007

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