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Export market participation with sunk costs and firm heterogeneity

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  • Evis Sinani
  • Bersant Hobdari
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    In this article we investigate the importance of sunk costs, firm characteristics and spillovers from nearby exporters on a firm's decision to participate in exporting. The empirical analysis involves the estimation of a nonstructural, discrete choice, dynamic model with firm heterogeneity. By using panel data for Estonian companies from 1994 to 1999 we find that: (i) both sunk costs and observable firm characteristics are important determinants of export market participation; (ii) previous history matters, in that, if a firm has been exporting the previous period or the period before, it significantly increases the likelihood of the firm exporting in the current period; (iii) larger firms with high capital intensity and foreign ownership are more likely to be exporters; (iv) operating in an export-oriented industry increases a firm's likelihood of exporting.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Economics.

    Volume (Year): 42 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 25 ()
    Pages: 3195-3207

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:42:y:2010:i:25:p:3195-3207

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    Cited by:
    1. Dieter Pennerstorfer, 2012. "Export, Migration, and Costs of Market Entry: Evidence from Central European Firms," ERSA conference papers ersa12p954, European Regional Science Association.
    2. Vu, Van Huong, 2012. "Higher productivity in Exporters: self-selection, learning by exporting or both? Evidence from Vietnamese manufacturing SMEs," MPRA Paper 40708, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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