Services firms in the developing world: An empirical snapshot
AbstractThis paper paints the first empirical portrait of services firms in the developing world. Compared with manufacturers, service providers are smaller, but growing faster. They are more productive, pay higher wages, and invest more heavily than manufacturers, but are less likely to export or to receive inward foreign direct investment. Among service providers, internationalized firms display similar characteristics to internationalized manufacturers: they are larger, employ more workers, pay higher wages, invest more heavily, and grow faster. Although these premia are generally more pronounced for goods exporters than for services exporters, the reverse is often true for foreign-owned firms.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 41732.
Date of creation: 04 Oct 2012
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Services; Developing countries; Trade in services; FDI in services; Firm-level data;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- O24 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - Trade Policy; Factor Movement; Foreign Exchange Policy
- F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
- L80 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - General
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