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Internationalization and economic performance of enterprises: evidence from firm-level data

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This paper provides evidence on the relative performance of internationalized firms using Polish firm-level data spanning over the period of 1996-2005. We distinguish between three modes of internationalization: foreign direct investment, exporting and importing of capital goods. Our results point strongly at superior performance of foreign affiliates vs. domestic firms, exporters vs. non-exporters and importers vs. non-importers. There seem to be important learning effects associated with becoming a foreign affiliate or an exporter. We also find evidence for significant horizontal and backward productivity spillovers from all three types of international activity.

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Paper provided by National Bank of Poland, Economic Institute in its series National Bank of Poland Working Papers with number 51.

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Date of creation: Nov 2008
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Keywords: internationalization; productivity; panel firm-level data;

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  1. Hansen, Thorsten, 2010. "Tariff Rates, Offshoring and Productivity: Evidence from German and Austrian Firm-Level Data," Discussion Papers in Economics 11465, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
  2. Mebratie, Anagaw Derseh & Bedi, Arjun S., 2011. "Foreign Direct Investment, Black Economic Empowerment and Labour Productivity in South Africa," IZA Discussion Papers 6048, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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  7. Marcel van den Berg, 2013. "Importing, productivity and SMEs: firm-level evidence from the Netherlands," Working Papers, Utrecht School of Economics 13-07, Utrecht School of Economics.
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