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Trading firms in the services sectors: comparable evidence from four EU countries

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  • Stefanie Haller

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  • Jože Damijan
  • Ville Kaitila
  • Črt Kostevc
  • Mika Maliranta
  • Emmanuel Milet
  • Daniel Mirza
  • Matija Rojec

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We establish a set of stylised facts for trade and trading firms in five market services sectors using comparable firm- and activity-level data from four EU countries. Our analysis shows that exports account for much lower shares of overall sales in the services sectors than in manufacturing. This is because fewer firms are engaged in trade in the services sectors and also because within particular sectors firms trade a lower share of their sales on average. Services producers trade mostly goods, but in terms of value, trade in services is much more important to them than to manufacturers. Larger and more productive firms are more likely to be two-way traders and to engage in both goods and services trade. Trade by services firms is somewhat less dominated by firms that both export and import than trade by manufacturing firms. Few firms export many services or to many countries. The value of services exports is increasing in the number of markets served but not necessarily in the number of services traded. Copyright Kiel Institute 2014

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  • Stefanie Haller & Jože Damijan & Ville Kaitila & Črt Kostevc & Mika Maliranta & Emmanuel Milet & Daniel Mirza & Matija Rojec, 2014. "Trading firms in the services sectors: comparable evidence from four EU countries," Review of World Economics (Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv), Springer;Institut für Weltwirtschaft (Kiel Institute for the World Economy), vol. 150(3), pages 471-505, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:weltar:v:150:y:2014:i:3:p:471-505
    DOI: 10.1007/s10290-014-0190-9
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    Keywords

    Exports; Imports; Services; International comparison; F14; D22; L80;
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    JEL classification:

    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • D22 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Empirical Analysis
    • L80 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - General

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