Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/119847
Authors: 
Grazzi, Marco
Tomasi, Chiara
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
LEM Working Paper Series 2014/25
Abstract: 
This paper investigates the relation between firms' productivity and exporting behavior in presence of export intermediaries. Using a cross section of firm-level data for several advanced and developing economies, the study confirms the productivity-sorting prediction according to which domestic firms are less efficient than those resorting to an export intermediary, while the latter are less productive than producers which export directly. Our novel finding is that firms' productivity has a stronger effect on the probability of exporting directly than on the likelihood of exporting indirectly. This suggests for a stronger role of intermediaries in granting foreign market access to a large proportion of small and less productive firms.
Subjects: 
heterogeneous firms
international trade
direct and indirect exports intermediation
JEL: 
F14
D22
L22
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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