Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/173772
Authors: 
Schminke, Annette
Van Biesebroeck, Johannes
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
NBB Working Paper 316
Abstract: 
For small open economies, it is essential that many firms find their way to the export market and most governments provide some form of export promotion assistance. We use detailed firm-level data for Flanders, the largest region in Belgium, to evaluate whether its program raises firms' propensity to start exporting outside the EU single market. We find robust evidence for such an effect by relying on the selection-on-observables assumption which we implement using various estimators. Results remain positive and statistically signifcant, but are smaller in size, when we use two strategies to mitigate self-selection concerns: (i) focus on sub-samples of firms where endogenous selection into treatment is less likely, and (ii) use firms that receive the weakest form of support as controls for firms receiving more extensive support.
Subjects: 
International trade
trade policy
export market entry
JEL: 
F13
F14
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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