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Agglomeration and the export decisions of French firms

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  • Koenig, Pamina

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This paper asks whether export spillovers influence the export behavior of French manufacturers. I use a database containing export flows by firm and importing country between 1986 and 1992. The decision to start exporting to a particular country is estimated using a logit model, controlling for the specific characteristics of firms, locations, countries and years. The export spillovers identified are industry- and/or destination-specific, and are computed at a very disaggregated geographical level. The results indicate that the pool of local exporters positively affects the decision to start exporting to a country. These effects are clearly destination-specific, and are larger for firms that export to remote markets.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Urban Economics.

Volume (Year): 66 (2009)
Issue (Month): 3 (November)
Pages: 186-195

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Handle: RePEc:eee:juecon:v:66:y:2009:i:3:p:186-195

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Keywords: Export decision Export market Destination-specific spillovers;

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