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Learning by Exporting: Do Firm Characteristics Matter? Evidence from Argentinian Panel Data

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  • Facundo Albornoz
  • Marco Ercolani

We identify characteristics that affect firms' ability to learn from their export activities. Our analysis is based on a panel of Argentinian firms spanning 1992-2001 and we employ Granger causality tests, propensity score matching techniques and GMM regressions. The characteristics we find to be important are: foreign ownership, intensive use of imported inputs, a skilled workforce and small firm size. Finally, firms that are new to exporting seem to experience particularly high productivity gains but begin enjoying them before entering into the export market.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Birmingham in its series Discussion Papers with number 07-17.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2007
Handle: RePEc:bir:birmec:07-17
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