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Evidence on Productivity, Comparative Advantage, and Networks in the Export Performance of Firms

Author/Editor: Ricci, Luca Antonio | Trionfetti, Federico
Authorized for Distribution: April 1, 2011
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Summary: This paper tests the effect of comparative advantage, size, and networking on the firm probability of exporting. The closest theoretical framework is the one of Bernard, Redding, and Schott (2007), with firm heterogeneity across countries and industries. We use a recently assembled multi-country multi-industry firm level dataset, and construct original measures of comparative advantage. The results show that firms are more likely to export if they belong to the comparative advantage industry, if they enjoy a higher productivity, or if they benefit from foreign, domestic, or communication networks.
 
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Series: Working Paper No. 11/77
Subject(s): Export performance | Exports | Industrial sector | International trade | Productivity
Author's keyword(s): Heckscher-Ohlin | comparative advantage | new-new trade theory | productivity | firms’ export probability | networks
 
English  
    Published:   April 1, 2011        
            Format:   Paper
    Stock No:   WPIEA2011077   Pages:   42
    Price:   US$18.00 (Academic Rate: US$18.00 )
       
     
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