Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/144413
Authors: 
Dumont, Michel
Merlevede, Bruno
Piette, Christophe
Rayp, Glenn
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper Research 201
Abstract: 
This paper analyses to what extent the decision to start exporting may be subject to spillovers of the internationalisation behaviour of other (foreign and domestic) firms. We distinguish between two possible channels: effects on productivity and effects on the perceived level of sunk costs of exporting. For both channels, we consider geographical and activity or industry-based linkages between firms. For a sample Belgian firms we find evidence of significant spillovers on productivity as well as productivity-independent spillovers on the decision to start exporting. Spillovers seem more substantial in the geographical dimension than in terms of competitor, client or supplier links, except for the impact of multinationals on the productivity of domestic firms.
Subjects: 
Export
FDI
spillovers
sunk cost
region
JEL: 
F2
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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