Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/93760
Authors: 
Hansen, Thorsten
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
SFB/TR 15 Discussion Paper 317
Abstract: 
This paper studies the relationship between export activities and firm-level productivity. Unique matching of German and Austrian micro data from 1994 to 2003 suggests that exporters are more productive by around 40 percent compared with non-exporters. Moreover, beside other analysis techniques, instrumental variable estimations suggest that exporting causes a rise in firm-level productivity. That is, the annual average growth rate of an exporting firm's productivity is between about 1 and 1.5 percent higher than that of non-exporters. It allows the conclusion that, against other findings of existing studies, both directions hold: more productive firms self-select themselves into export markets and being active in foreign markets boosts firm-level productivity.
JEL: 
D24
F13
F23
L22
L23
O47
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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