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Cross-Border and Foreign-Affiliate Sales of Services: Evidence From German Micro-Data

  • Kelle, Markus
  • Kleinert, Jörn
  • Raff, Horst
  • Toubal, Farid

We merge German balance-of-payments and foreign-affiliate-trade statistics to obtain data about trade in commercial services at the firm level. We use these data to study export market participation and the choice of export mode: cross-border versus foreign-affiliate sales. We find that for firms in our sample productivity is both a statistically significant and economically important determinant of the export participation and export mode choice. We also identify the role of industry- and country-specific determinants.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 9016.

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Date of creation: Jun 2012
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