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Grant Support and Exporting Activity

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  • Holger Görg

    (Institut für Weltwirtschaft and Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Keiland GEP Nottingham)

  • Michael Henry

    (Aston Business School, Aston University)

  • Eric Strobl

    (École Polytechnique Paris)

Abstract

This paper investigates whether government support can act to increase exporting activity. We use a uniquely rich data set on Irish manufacturing plants and employ an empirical strategy that combines a nonparametric matching procedure with a difference-in-differences estimator in order to deal with the potential selection problem inherent in the analysis. Our results suggest that if grants are large enough, they can encourage already exporting firms to compete more effectively on the international market. However, there is little evidence that grants encourage nonexporters to start exporting. Copyright by the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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  • Holger Görg & Michael Henry & Eric Strobl, 2008. "Grant Support and Exporting Activity," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 90(1), pages 168-174, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:90:y:2008:i:1:p:168-174
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    JEL classification:

    • F2 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business
    • H2 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
    • L2 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior
    • O3 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights

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