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Export and Firm Performance: Evidence on Productivity and Profitability of Italian Companies

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  • Marco Grazzi

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Empirical research in international trade has shown that exporting firms display higher productivity than their non-exporting competitors. This paper focuses on the relation between export and profitability. Our evidence on Italian exporting firms shows that exporting activity is not systematically associated to higher firm’s profitability. This is shown both by means of non-parametric methods and, with an approach that is more standard within the empirical trade literature, by regression techniques that try to identify an “export premium”. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade.

Volume (Year): 12 (2012)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 413-444

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Handle: RePEc:kap:jincot:v:12:y:2012:i:4:p:413-444

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Keywords: trade; export premium; systematic and occasional exporters; productivity; profitability; international competition; F1; D2; L6;

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  1. Joachim Wagner, 2011. "International Trade and Firm Performance: A Survey of Empirical Studies since 2006," Working Paper Series in Economics 210, University of Lüneburg, Institute of Economics.
  2. Vu, Van Huong, 2012. "Private manufacturing SMEs survival and growth in Vietnam: The role of export participation," MPRA Paper 42489, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Nanditha Mathew, 2013. "Drivers of Firm Growth: Micro-evidence from Indian Manufacturing," Discussion Papers 2013/161, Dipartimento di Economia e Management (DEM), University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy.

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