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Export Performance And Product Market Regulation

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  • Bruno AMABLE

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    (Université Paris 1 Panthéon- Sorbonne, CEPREMAP & IUF)

  • Iván LEDEZMA

    ()

    (Université Paris-Dauphine, LEDa ; IRD UMR 225 - DIAL)

This paper analyses the impact of product market regulation on the propensity to export at the industry level for 13 OECD countries and 13 industries over the 1977-2007 period. Recent economic policy and academic literature insists on the negative effects of product market regulation on productivity or innovation, and hence on “competitiveness", a term that we interpret as the ability to export. Similar to the conclusions of some contributions to a recent literature on competition and growth, the “common sense” is that product market regulation should be detrimental to competitiveness. Using a two-step estimation approach we test the impact of vertically-induced pressures of product-market regulation on productivity and the effect of the latter on industry-level export performance. Results show that regulatory pressures have a significantly positive impact on productivity and thereby on the capability of an industry to attract resources and to sell its production in international markets.

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Article provided by Region et Developpement, LEAD, Universite du Sud - Toulon Var in its journal Région et Développement.

Volume (Year): 37 (2013)
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Pages: 231-258

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