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Export status and firm growth of European SMEs


  • Martin Falk

    () (Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO))

  • Eva Hagsten

    () (Statistics Sweden)


This paper provides new evidence on the link between the export status and growth of small and medium-sized enterprises. The data consists of CIS 2010 data for 20 EU countries with about 113,000 firm-level observations. The results show that growth rates of both output and employment of exporting SMEs are significantly higher than those for non exporting SMEs. On average exporting SMEs have a 0.6 percentage points higher average employment growth rate and a 0.9 percentage points higher average output growth rate (in current prices) per year for the period 2008-2010. However, there is a large variation in the strength of the link between firm growth and export status with higher magnitudes for SMEs in manufacturing and business services and lower in the remaining service industries.

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  • Martin Falk & Eva Hagsten, 2015. "Export status and firm growth of European SMEs," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 35(2), pages 1330-1338.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-14-01039

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    export status; exports of goods and services; SMEs; firm growth; Community Innovation survey;

    JEL classification:

    • F1 - International Economics - - Trade
    • L2 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior


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