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Firms' International Status and Heterogeneity in Performance: Evidence from Italy

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  • Lorenzo Casaburi

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    (University of Bologna)

  • Valeria Gattai

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    (University of Bologna and Harvard University)

  • G. Alfredo Minerva

    ()
    (University "L. Bocconi", Milano)

Abstract

We revisit the evidence about firms' performance and their international status in a large sample of Italian enterprises. Three results stand out. First, firms engaging in foreign production of final goods, in addition to export activities, are more productivethan firms that only export abroad. Second, firms engaging in final goods off-shoring are more productive than firms engaging ininputs off-shoring. Third, the productivity dynamics of exporters is not any better than non-exporters’ one. Our results support that the better performance of globally engaged firms is chiefly due to the selection caused by the fixed costs associated to internationaloperations.

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Article provided by SIPI Spa in its journal Rivista di Politica Economica.

Volume (Year): 97 (2007)
Issue (Month): 3 (May-June)
Pages: 151-188

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Handle: RePEc:rpo:ripoec:v:97:y:2007:i:3:p:151-188

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  1. Holger Breinlich & Alessandra Tucci, 2011. "Foreign market conditions and export performance: does `crowdedness' reduce exports?," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 44(3), pages 991-1019, August.
  2. Federici, Daniela & Parisi, Valentino, 2012. "Corporate taxation and exports," MPRA Paper 41012, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Davide Castellani & Giorgia Giovannetti, 2009. "Productivity and the international firm: dissecting heterogeneity," Development Working Papers 270, Centro Studi Luca d\'Agliano, University of Milano.
  4. 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.
  5. Franco Amatori & Matteo Bugamelli & Andrea Colli, 2011. "Italian Firms in History: Size, Technology and Entrepreneurship," Quaderni di storia economica (Economic History Working Papers) 13, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
  6. R. Antonietti & G. Cainelli, 2010. "Innovation, productivity and export. Evidence from Italy," Working Papers Prin 014, Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna.

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