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Understanding Manufactured Exporters at the Firm‐Level: New Insights from Using SARS Administrative Data

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  • Marianne Matthee
  • Neil Rankin
  • Tasha Webb
  • Carli Bezuidenhout

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Existing South African work on firm‐level data has been limited by access to large datasets that track firms over time. This paper overcomes this by analysing a new dataset of the population of manufacturing firms that are matched to their export transactions. South African firm‐level exporting is similar to the stylised facts of firm‐level exporting found internationally. Moreover, heterogeneity that exists within exporting is evident. Not only do exporters differ in terms of the amount exported, but also in terms of the number of products and destinations they export too. These in turn are related to firm‐level characteristics including productivity.

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  • Marianne Matthee & Neil Rankin & Tasha Webb & Carli Bezuidenhout, 2018. "Understanding Manufactured Exporters at the Firm‐Level: New Insights from Using SARS Administrative Data," South African Journal of Economics, Economic Society of South Africa, vol. 86(S1), pages 96-119, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:sajeco:v:86:y:2018:i:s1:p:96-119
    DOI: 10.1111/saje.12158
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    1. Kemal Türkcan & Socrates Majune Kraido & Eliud Moyi, 2022. "Export margins and survival: A firm‐level analysis using Kenyan data," South African Journal of Economics, Economic Society of South Africa, vol. 90(2), pages 149-174, June.
    2. Edwards Lawrence & Hlatshwayo Ayanda, 2020. "Exchange rates and firm export performance in South Africa," WIDER Working Paper Series wp2020-1, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    3. Lawrence Edwards & Marco Sanfilippo & Asha Sundaram, 2020. "Importing and Productivity: An Analysis of South African Manufacturing Firms," Review of Industrial Organization, Springer;The Industrial Organization Society, vol. 57(2), pages 411-432, September.
    4. Lawrence Edwards & Ayanda Hlatshwayo, 2020. "Exchange rates and firm export performance in South Africa," WIDER Working Paper Series wp-2020-1, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    5. Anmar Pretorius & Carli Bezuidenhout & Marianne Matthee & Derick Blaauw, 2019. "Offshoring within South African manufacturing firms: An analysis of the labour market effects," WIDER Working Paper Series wp-2019-75, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    6. Hammed Amusa & Njeri Wabiri & David Fadiran, 2019. "Agglomeration and productivity in South Africa: Evidence from firm-level data," WIDER Working Paper Series wp-2019-93, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).

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