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Plus grandes, plus fortes, plus loin... Performances relatives des firmes exportatrices françaises


  • Matthieu Crozet
  • Isabelle Méjean
  • Soledad Zignago


This article examines the performances of French exporting firms. Using a highly detailed database, we confirm that exporting firms are much bigger, more productive and more profitable than domestic ones. This difference is particularly strong for firms exporting to non-EU markets, and for small businesses. For large businesses, the discrepancy between exporters and domestic firms is fairly small, and non-significant in some industries and for firms that only export to EU destinations. Our results suggest that export-enhancing public policies should target small businesses and firms attempting to export to remote countries.
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  • Matthieu Crozet & Isabelle Méjean & Soledad Zignago, 2008. "Plus grandes, plus fortes, plus loin... Performances relatives des firmes exportatrices françaises," Working Papers 2008-26, CEPII research center.
  • Handle: RePEc:cii:cepidt:2008-26

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    Exporting firms; Productivity; Competitiveness;

    JEL classification:

    • F1 - International Economics - - Trade
    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity

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