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Do Firms Learn from International Trade?

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  • Megan MacGarvie

    (Boston University School of Management and NBER.)

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Using patent citations as a proxy for the influence of foreign technology on French firms' patents, this paper finds that the inventions of importers are significantly more likely to be influenced by foreign technology than are the inventions of firms that do not import. Furthermore, importers' citations increase relative to similar firms after they start importing. Exporting, in contrast, is not significantly associated with citations to foreign patents. These results persist after controlling for foreign ownership linkages and joint ventures and alliances, and after correcting for selection bias using propensity-score matching. © 2006 The President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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  • Megan MacGarvie, 2006. "Do Firms Learn from International Trade?," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 88(1), pages 46-60, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:88:y:2006:i:1:p:46-60
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