Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/77975
Authors: 
Bertschek, Irene
Hogrefe, Jan
Rasel, Fabienne
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
ZEW Discussion Papers 13-042
Abstract: 
Using a unique German firm-level data set, we provide empirical evidence for a productivity sorting along two dimensions: international activity and technology choice. We consider domestic and exporting firms and measure technology choice by firms' actual use of advanced information technology (IT). For manufacturing firms, the observed sorting pattern is consistent with recent theories of heterogeneous firms and technology choice: Only the relatively more productive ones among internationally active firms are also highly technology intensive. For service sector firms we find similar evidence, yet the results seem to depend on the trade cost of certain services. In general, recent theoretical advances regarding trade and technology adoption thus seem to better fit the manufacturing sector.
Subjects: 
exports
productivity
sorting
information technology
firm-level data
JEL: 
F14
F23
L23
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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