Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/223591
Authors: 
Defever, Fabrice
Riaño, Alejandro
Varela, Gonzalo
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper No. 8519
Abstract: 
This paper evaluates the impact of two export finance support schemes: The Export Finance Scheme (EFS) and the Long-Term Finance Facility for Plant & Machinery (LTFF) on firm-level export performance. These policies offer loans to exporters at concessionary interest rates to finance short-term working capital and long-term investment in machinery and equipment respectively. To do so, we combine customs data with information about which firms participate in each scheme and the value of the loans they obtain between 2015 and 2017. We find that EFS and LTFF increased the growth rate of exports sales by 7 and 8-11 percentage points respectively. Neither policy exerts a significant impact on the number of products that a firm exports or the number of foreign countries it sells to. Our analysis indicates that facilitating long-term investment in physical capital is more cost effective to raise exports than subsidizing exporters’ working capital needs.
Subjects: 
trade finance
export credit
export subsidies
export margins
Pakistan
JEL: 
G21
G28
G32
F13
F65
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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