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Do sunk exporting costs differ among markets? Evidence from Spanish manufacturing firms

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  • José Vicente Blanes Cristóbal

    (Universidad Pablo Olavide Sevilla (Spain))

  • Marion Dovis

    (Centre d'Economie et de Finances Internationales (France))

  • Juliette Milgram Baleix

    ()
    (Department of Economic Theory and Economic History, University of Granada.)

  • Ana I. Moro Egido

    ()
    (Department of Economic Theory and Economic History, University of Granada.)

Abstract

In this paper, we test the hypothesis of sunk exporting costs differing among markets. We use a sample of Spanish firms from Encuesta sobre Estrategias Empresariales (ESEE) for period 1991-2002. Our results confirm the importance of those sunk costs and demonstrate that they differ depending on the market they export to. Although most of the firms exports to developed markets, the costs to enter (and "to re-enter") are greater in those markets.

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Paper provided by Department of Economic Theory and Economic History of the University of Granada. in its series ThE Papers with number 07/02.

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Length: 7 pages
Date of creation: 09 May 2007
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Handle: RePEc:gra:wpaper:07/02

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Keywords: Sunk costs; heterogeneity of firms; Regionalism.;

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