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Is Exporting a Source of Productivity Spillovers?

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  • Roberto Alvarez

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    (Central Bank of Chile)

  • Ricardo Lopez

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    (Indiana University Bloomington)

This paper investigates whether exporting generates positive productivity spillover effects on other plants operating in the same industry and whether exporting affects productivity of plants in vertically related industries. Using plant-level data from Chile we find that exporters improve productivity of their local suppliers but not of plants that purchase intermediate inputs from them. We also find evidence of horizontal spillovers from exporting. Exporting by foreign-owned plants generates positive spillovers in all directions: to their suppliers, customers, and to other plants in the same industry. Domestic exporters increase productivity of their suppliers and, to a lesser extent, that of plants in the same sector.

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Paper provided by Center for Applied Economics and Policy Research, Economics Department, Indiana University Bloomington in its series Caepr Working Papers with number 2006-012.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2006
Handle: RePEc:inu:caeprp:2006012
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