Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/17812
Authors: 
Trofimenko, Natalia
Year of Publication: 
2005
Series/Report no.: 
Kiel Working Paper 1262
Abstract: 
Learning-by-exporting proponents argue that exporting increases productivity by exposing producers to new technologies or through product quality upgrading. This study is based on the observation that the technological superiority and severity of product quality requirements are not the same in all export markets. If learning occurs through the acquisition of new knowledge, exporting to less developed markets should not generate as much productivity growth as exporting to advanced countries. Using plant-level data from Colombia, I demonstrate that exporting to advanced countries generates the highest productivity premium and that the ability to benefit from exporting in general and exporting to advanced markets in particular increases monotonically as one moves along the conditional productivity distribution.
Subjects: 
learning by exporting
total factor productivity
export destination
quantile regression
instrumental variables
JEL: 
D24
F10
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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