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Do sunk exporting costs differ among markets? Evidence from Spanish manufacturing firms

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  • Blanes-Cristóbal, José Vicente
  • Dovis, Marion
  • Milgram-Baleix, Juliette
  • Moro-Egido, Ana I.

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We test whether sunk exporting costs differ among markets. Our results confirm that during 1990-2002, sunk exporting costs were relevant for Spanish firms, and differed depending on the destination market. Besides, the costs to enter/re-enter were higher in developed markets.

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  • Blanes-Cristóbal, José Vicente & Dovis, Marion & Milgram-Baleix, Juliette & Moro-Egido, Ana I., 2008. "Do sunk exporting costs differ among markets? Evidence from Spanish manufacturing firms," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 101(2), pages 110-112, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:101:y:2008:i:2:p:110-112
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    Keywords

    Sunk costs Heterogeneity of Firms Export Regionalism Developed and Developing Markets;

    JEL classification:

    • F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation

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