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Export-market participation and productivity performance in Canadian manufacturing

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  • John Baldwin
  • Wulong Gu

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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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  • John Baldwin & Wulong Gu, 2003. "Export-market participation and productivity performance in Canadian manufacturing," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 36(3), pages 634-657, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:36:y:2003:i:3:p:634-657
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    JEL classification:

    • F1 - International Economics - - Trade
    • O4 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity

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