Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/163043
Authors: 
Co, Catherine Yap
Thu Kim Nguyen
Tung Nhu Nguyen
Que Nguyet Tran
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2017/72
Abstract: 
We study the exporting and subcontracting decisions, mark-ups, market concentration, and growth of a panel of Vietnamese private micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises. Our main findings are as follows. First, we find that among subcontractors, subcontracting is a supplementary rather than primary activity. Second, there is strong evidence that the propensity to export increases with managers' or owners' knowledge of customs law. Third, all else equal, mark-ups are lower for larger micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises. Fourth, there is significant home province bias in the sales of Viet Nam's micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises. Membership of business associations and having internationally recognized quality certifications attenuate the size of the home market bias. Fifth, a significant number of enterprises did not grow or even contracted in size between 2010 and 2014. Finally, we find no evidence that inspections deter enterprises from expanding beyond their core competencies.
Subjects: 
Viet Nam
exporting
subcontracting
SME
enterprise growth
home market bias
mark-ups
JEL: 
F14
F61
L24
L25
O12
ISBN: 
978-92-9256-296-0
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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