Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/53411
Authors: 
Ottaviano, Gianmarco I. P.
Martincus, Christian Volpe
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
Nota di lavoro // Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei: Global challenges 88.2009
Abstract: 
There exists a growing body of literature which looks at export decisions made by firms. Most studies focus on developed countries and do not explore whether different behavioral patterns prevail over the firm size distribution. This paper aims at filling this gap in the literature by analyzing the export behavior of a statistically representative sample of 192 Small and Medium-Size Enterprises (SMEs) in a developing country, Argentina, over the period 1996-1998. We find that the level of employment, sourcing from abroad, investment in product improvement and average productivity are associated with a higher probability of exporting. Training activities for employees are important to export outside of MERCOSUR.
Subjects: 
SME
Exports
Argentina
JEL: 
F10
F14
D21
L60
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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