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Firm-Level Heterogeneity and the Decision to Export: A Real Option Approach

  • Naudé, Wim

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    (Maastricht University)

  • Gries, Thomas

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    (University of Paderborn)

  • Bilkic, Natasa

    ()

    (University of Paderborn)

In "new" new international trade theory, whether firms export or not are determined by their productivity. These models assume that firms enter a market to find their productivity levels revealed to them as in a lottery. In this paper we propose an alternative way to model whether firms export or not, namely as a firm-level decision akin to an investment decision with a real option value. We show that endogenizing the export decision is consistent with patterns of productivity and exporting reported in the empirical literature.

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Date of creation: Apr 2013
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