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Standards and export performance in developing countries: Evidence from Pakistan

  • Oliver Masakure
  • Spencer Henson
  • John Cranfield

Several studies have analyzed the exporting pattern and performance of firms located in a developing country. However, there is limited work on the impact of standards on the performance of developing country exporting firms. This paper uses data from Pakistan to assess the effects of ISO 9000 certification on export sales and share of exports (relative to domestic and export sales) for textiles and the agro-food sector. As certification is not randomly assigned but there is 'self-selection into treatment', we use propensity matching methods to estimate the causal effect of certification on the change in the firms' value of export sales between 2000 and 2004. The results show that export performance is positively correlated with ISO 9000 certification.

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Volume (Year): 18 (2009)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 395-419

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