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Exporting and Firm-Level Credit Constraints-Evidence from Ghana

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  • Mai Anh NGO

    (Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

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    This paper models how firms finance their fixed costs of exporting through internal financing from retained earnings and external financing (borrowing from banks). The theoretical model featrues firms with heterogeneity in productivity, liquidity and collateral. It also models banks’lending decisions explicitly, allowing for endogenous firm default rate as well as allowing for the loand interest rate to depend on firms’characteristics. The model predicts that credit access has a positive impact on firms’export propensity and that this effect is only signifincant form firms in the intermediate range of producitivity. These predicitons are suppoted by the empirical analysis of a longitudinal data set of Ghanaian firms and the empirical resluts are robust to various robustness checks.

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    Length: 64 pages.
    Date of creation: Mar 2015
    Handle: RePEc:era:wpaper:dp-2015-27
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