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Ownership and Export Characteristics of Irish Manufacturing Performance

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  • Frances Ruane
  • Julie Sutherland

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Recent research has sought to explore whether exporting enterprises have superior performance characteristics relative to non-exporters, and whether such superiority is associated with performance pre- and/or post- exporting. This paper extends existing research to take account of enterprise ownership and export market destination. It explores these issues using micro data on Irish manufacturing between 1991 and 1998, a time period during which Ireland experienced rapid export-driven growth. The study provides further evidence of the superior characteristics of exporters relative to nonexporters and supports the self-selection hypothesis that superior enterprises are more likely to export. However, no evidence is found for learning-by-exporting effects in enterprises. We find export destination matters: the performance characteristics of enterprises that export globally differ from those that export locally.

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Paper provided by IIIS in its series The Institute for International Integration Studies Discussion Paper Series with number iiisdp032.

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Date of creation: 01 Feb 2005
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Handle: RePEc:iis:dispap:iiisdp032

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Keywords: Trade; Export Premium; Export Destination; Foreign Ownership.;

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  1. Lawless, Martina, 2006. "Geography and Firm Exports: New Evidence on the Nature of Sunk Costs," Research Technical Papers 1/RT/06, Central Bank of Ireland.
  2. Frances Ruane & Ali Ugur, 2005. "Export Platform FDI and Dualistic Development," The Institute for International Integration Studies Discussion Paper Series iiisdp029, IIIS.
  3. Sui, Sui & Yu, Zhihao, 2012. "The Pattern of Foreign Market Entry of Canadian Exporters," MPRA Paper 41176, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Lawless, Martina, 2006. "Geography and Firm Exports: New Evidence on Sunk Costs," MPRA Paper 10006, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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