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Export Strategies of New Exporters: Why is Export Expansion Along the Extensive Margins so Sluggish?

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  • Jože P. Damijan
  • ÄŒrt Kostevc
  • SaÅ¡o Polanec

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Recent theoretical models of international trade with heterogeneous firms feature instan- taneous adjustment of margins of exports to firm and market characteristics, and equality of distributions of margins of exports between new and incumbent exporters. By using the pop- ulation of Slovenian firms and their transaction-level trade data we document large differences between these firms that cannot be attributed to the differences in total factor productivity. This paper contributes to the field by demonstrating that access to financing, measured by eq- uity, debt-to-asset ratio and access to internal credit markets within firm groups, may account for an important part of observed differences in the extensive margins of exports between new and incumbent exporters.

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Paper provided by LICOS - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance, KU Leuven in its series LICOS Discussion Papers with number 27711.

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  1. Jože Damijan & Jozef Konings & Sašo Polanec, 2013. "Pass-on trade: why do firms simultaneously engage in two-way trade in the same varieties?," Review of World Economics (Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv), Springer, vol. 149(1), pages 85-111, March.
  2. Jaan Masso & Priit Vahter, 2011. "Exporting And Productivity: The Effects Of Multi-Market And Multi-Product Export Entry," University of Tartu - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration Working Paper Series 83, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Tartu (Estonia).
  3. Jože P. Damijan & Jozef Konings & Sašo Polanec, 2012. "Import Churning and Export Performance of Multi-Product Firms," LICOS Discussion Papers 30712, LICOS - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance, KU Leuven.
  4. Lili Wang & Yong Zhao, 2013. "Does Experience Facilitate Entry into New Export Destinations?," China & World Economy, Institute of World Economics and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, vol. 21(5), pages 36-59, 09.

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