Export-market participation and productivity performance in Canadian manufacturing
In this paper, we explore the linkages between export-market participation and productivity performance in Canadian manufacturing plants. We also examine differences in the relationship between exporting and productivity for foreign-controlled as opposed to domestic-controlled plants, and between younger and older plants. Export participation is associated with improved productivity. The effect is much stronger for domestic-controlled plants than for foreign-controlled plants and for younger businesses than for older businesses. We interpret this as evidence that there is a learning effect associated with export activity but that the potential for improving productivity with entry to export markets differs across firms.
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Volume (Year): 36 (2003)
Issue (Month): 3 (August)
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