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Reconsidering learning by exporting

  • Miguel Manjón
  • Juan Máñez

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  • María Rochina-Barrachina
  • Juan Sanchis-Llopis

Self-selection and learning by exporting are the main explanations for the higher productivity of exporting firms. But, whereas evidence on self-selection is largely undisputed, results on learning by exporting are mixed and far from conclusive. However, recent research by De Loecker (J Int Econ 73(1):69–98, 2007 ) has shown that the conclusions from previous learning by exporting studies may have been driven by strong assumptions about the evolution of productivity and the role of export status. Relaxing these assumptions turns out to be critical to find evidence of learning by exporting in a representative sample of Spanish manufacturing firms. Our results indicate that the yearly average gains in productivity are around 3 % for at least 4 years. Copyright Kiel Institute 2013

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Review of World Economics.

Volume (Year): 149 (2013)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 5-22

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