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dc.contributor.authorKrüger, Jensen_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-03-13en_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-08-06T10:03:27Z-
dc.date.available2009-08-06T10:03:27Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/27026-
dc.description.abstractThe literature on firm heterogeneity in international trade posits that only the most productive firms become exporters (Melitz 2003). However, empirical findings suggest that also firms that are not highly productive export. This paper investigates empirically how firms organize their export trade. If selling directly, sunk costs of foreign market entry are arguably very high, so only productive firms can achieve this (Schroeder et al. 2003). Low productivity firms, by contrast, may prefer to export through trading companies, which involves lower sunk costs. Using a firm level panel data set of Ghanaian firms we investigate the relationship between firm productivity and the use of export intermediaries. Our estimation results take simultaneity problems into account and reveal that indeed low productivity firms tend to export through intermediaries.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherKiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) Kielen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesKiel advanced studies working papers 449en_US
dc.subject.jelD21en_US
dc.subject.jelF14en_US
dc.subject.jelL22en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordExport intermediationen_US
dc.subject.keywordfirm productivityen_US
dc.subject.stwAußenhandelswirtschaften_US
dc.subject.stwUnternehmenen_US
dc.subject.stwProduktivitäten_US
dc.subject.stwExporthandelen_US
dc.subject.stwInternationale Markteintrittsstrategieen_US
dc.subject.stwGhanaen_US
dc.titleHow do firms organize trade?: Evidence from Ghanaen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn593795288en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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