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Explaining Firms’ Export Behaviour: R&D, Spillovers and the Destination Market

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  • Salvador Barrios
  • Holger Görg
  • Eric Strobl

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We examine the importance of a firm's own R&D activity and intra‐sectoral spillovers on the decision to export and the export intensity using firm level panel data for Spain for the period 1990–98. Own R&D activity is found to be an important determinant of export activity. There is little evidence to suggest that Spanish firms benefit from spillovers of the exporting activity of others. However, there is evidence that R&D spillovers exert positive effects on firms’ export ratios. We find a larger marginal impact of R&D spillovers on export intensity of firms exporting to other OECD countries than those exporting to non‐OECD nations.

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  • Salvador Barrios & Holger Görg & Eric Strobl, 2003. "Explaining Firms’ Export Behaviour: R&D, Spillovers and the Destination Market," Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Department of Economics, University of Oxford, vol. 65(4), pages 475-496, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:obuest:v:65:y:2003:i:4:p:475-496
    DOI: 10.1111/1468-0084.t01-1-00058
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