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Do African manufacturing firms learn from exporting?

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  • Arne Bigsten

    (Goteborg University)

  • Paul Collier

    (CSAE, Oxford University)

  • Stefan Dercon

    (CSAE, Oxford University)

  • Marcel Fachamps

    (CSAE, Oxford University)

  • Bernard Gauthier

    (Free University, Amsterdam)

  • Jan Willem Gunning

    (Free University, Amsterdam)

  • Abena Oduro

    (University of Ghana, Legon)

  • Remco Oostendorp

    (Free University, Amsterdam)

  • Catherine Pattillo

    (Research Department IMF)

  • Mans Soderbom

    (CSAE, University of Oxford)

  • Francis Teal

    (CSAE, University of Oxford)

  • Albert Zeufack

    (The World Bank)

Abstract

In this paper, we use firm-level panel data for the manufacturing sector in four African countries to estimate the effect of exporting on efficiency. Estimating simultaneously a production function and an export regression that control for unobserved firm effects, we find both significant efficiency gains from exporting, supporting the learning- byexporting hypothesis, and evidence for self-selection of more efficient firms into exporting. The evidence of learning-by-exporting suggests that Africa has much to gain from orientating its manufacturing sector towards exporting.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Development and Comp Systems with number 0409071.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: 29 Sep 2004
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpdc:0409071

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