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Agglomeration and the Export Decision of French Firms

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  • Pamina Koenig

    (PSE - Paris-Jourdan Sciences Economiques - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales - ENS Paris - École normale supérieure - Paris - École des Ponts ParisTech (ENPC), PSE - Paris School of Economics, UPOND - Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense)

This paper asks whether export spillovers influence the export behavior of French manufacturers. I use a database containing export flows by firm and importing country between 1986 and 1992. The decision to start exporting to a particular country is estimated using a logit model, controlling for the specific characteristics of firms, locations, countries and years. The export spillovers identified are industry- and/or destination-specific, and are computed at a very disaggregated geographical level. The results indicate that the pool of local exporters positively affects the decision to start exporting to a country. These effects are clearly destination-specific, and are larger for firms that export to remote markets.

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Date of creation: Nov 2009
Publication status: Published in Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, 2009, 66 (3), pp.186-195. <10.1016/j.jue.2009.07.002>
Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-00754328
DOI: 10.1016/j.jue.2009.07.002
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