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New Methods for the Analysis of Links between International Firm Activities and Firm Performance: A Practitioner’s Guide

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  • Joachim Wagner

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    (Institute of Economics, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany)

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This paper is a non-technical introduction to the use of three micro-econometric tools that have only recently been applied in empirical investigations of the links between international firm activities and firm performance. It shows why it is important to use these methods, how to use them in practice and which new insights are found in empirical applications. Topics include the role of extremely different firms (or outliers) in the computation of performance premia of internationally active firms; different performance premia over the distribution of the performance variable when unobserved heterogeneity matters; and the analysis of causal effects of different intensities of international firm activity on firm performance.

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Paper provided by University of Lüneburg, Institute of Economics in its series Working Paper Series in Economics with number 227.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2012
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Handle: RePEc:lue:wpaper:227

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Keywords: Robust fixed effects estimation; fixed-effects quantile regression; generalized propensity score; international firm activity; firm performance;

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