Academic Paper

Does it matter where you export and does productivity rise with exporting

Dalgic, B., Fazlioglu, B., & Gasiorek, M., (2021) “Does it matter where you export and does productivity rise with exporting?”, Journal of International Trade & Economic Development

Published 20 July 2022

Utilizing a comprehensive dataset for Turkish manufacturing firms, the authors analyse differentials in the post-entry effects on productivity. They employ propensity score matching techniques with multiple treatments, together with a differences-in-differences (DiD) methodology. Controlling for firm level mark-ups, they explore whether the post-entry effects on productivity are driven by changes in physical productivity. The results confirm the learning-by-exporting hypothesis, and suggest physical productivity gains, in particular for exports to high income countries as opposed to middle low-income countries, even after controlling for the composition of exports. This suggests that where a firm export does matter for productivity growth.

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Michael Gasiorek

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