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What Determines Firm-level Export Capacity? Evidence from Portuguese firms


  • Ana Gouveia

    () (Gabinete de Planeamento, Estratégia, Avaliação e Relações Internacionais / Office for Economic Policy and International Affairs - Ministério das Finanças / Ministry of Finance)

  • Ana Luisa Correia



Internationalization of firms is an indicator of their competitiveness. Using a dataset that covers all Portuguese non-financial corporations, we assess, at micro level, what are the key factors that explain the export capacity of individual firms (and thereby of increased competitiveness). From a public policy perspective, we show that policies to promote innovation and investment have a positive impact on the firm-level probability of exporting. Also, younger firms are more prone to export and there are learning effects from the export activity. The reduction of barriers to competition in internal markets is also important to promote firms’ inter-nationalization.

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  • Ana Gouveia & Ana Luisa Correia, 2015. "What Determines Firm-level Export Capacity? Evidence from Portuguese firms," GEE Papers 0057, Gabinete de Estratégia e Estudos, Ministério da Economia, revised Jul 2015.
  • Handle: RePEc:mde:wpaper:0057

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    Keywords: Internationalization; Competitiveness; Barriers; Exports;

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    • D22 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Empirical Analysis

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