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The export-growth relationship: estimating a dose-response function

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The relationship between individual firms' export behaviour and firm performance has been studied extensively in the economic literature. However, most studies from the field of economics only distinguish between exporting and nonexporting companies, using the firms' export status as a binary treatment variable and comparing the performance of exporting and nonexporting firms. This article introduces the newly developed generalized propensity score (GPS) methodology to the literature of individual firms' export behaviour. Instead of a binary treatment variable, the GPS method allows for continuous treatment, that is, different levels of the firms' export activities. Based on the GPS methodology, a dose-response function is estimated, depicting the relationship between the firms' export-sales ratio and their subsequent sales growth rate as a measure of firm performance.

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  • Helmut Fryges, 2009. "The export-growth relationship: estimating a dose-response function," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 16(18), pages 1855-1859.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:16:y:2009:i:18:p:1855-1859 DOI: 10.1080/13504850701719496
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    1. Helmut Fryges & Alexander Vogel & Joachim Wagner, 2015. "The Impact of R&D Activities on Exports of German Business Services Enterprises: First Evidence from a Continuous Treatment Approach," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 38(4), pages 716-729, April.
    2. Youssouf KIENDREBEOGO, 2012. "Export Activity and Productivity: New Evidence from the Egyptian Manufacturing Industry," Working Papers 201220, CERDI.
    3. Barbara Guardabascio & Marco Ventura, 2013. "Estimating the dose-response function through the GLM approach," German Stata Users' Group Meetings 2013 10, Stata Users Group.

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