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Why More West than East German Firms Export


  • Wagner, Joachim

    () (Leuphana University Lüneburg)


Using unique new data and a recently introduced non-linear decomposition technique this paper shows that the huge difference in the propensity to export between West and East German plants is to a large part due to differences in firm size and human capital intensity.

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  • Wagner, Joachim, 2007. "Why More West than East German Firms Export," IZA Discussion Papers 2656, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  • Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp2656

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    1. Wagner Joachim & Schank Thorsten & Schnabel Claus & Addison John T., 2006. "Works Councils, Labor Productivity and Plant Heterogeneity: First Evidence from Quantile Regressions," Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), De Gruyter, vol. 226(5), pages 505-518, October.
    2. Wagner, Joachim, 2006. "International Firm Activities and Innovation: Evidence from Knowledge Production Functions for German Firms," HWWA Discussion Papers 344, Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWA).
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    1. Joachim Wagner, 2008. "A note on why more West than East German firms export," International Economics and Economic Policy, Springer, vol. 5(4), pages 363-370, December.
    2. repec:ces:ifodre:v:15:y:2008:i:01:p:s.21-32 is not listed on IDEAS
    3. Sabine Engelmann & Michaela Fuchs, 2008. "Bestimmungsfaktoren der Unterschiede einzelbetrieblicher Exportaktivitäten in Ost- und Westdeutschland," ifo Dresden berichtet, ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 15(01), pages 21-32, 02.
    4. Joachim Wagner, 2008. "Joachim Wagner Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, e-mail: Exportaktivitäten und Rendite in niedersächsischen Industrieunternehmen," Working Paper Series in Economics 95, University of Lüneburg, Institute of Economics.

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    West Germany; micro data; exports; East Germany;

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    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade

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