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The productivity and export spillovers of the internationalisation behaviour of Belgian firms

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  • Michel Dumont

    (Federal Planning Bureau)

  • Bruno Merlevede

    (UGent
    HUBrussel)

  • Christophe Piette

    (National Bank of Belgium, Research Department)

  • Glenn Rayp

    (UGent, Sherppa)

Abstract

This paper analyses to what extent the decision to start exporting may be subject to spillovers of the internationalisation behaviour of other (foreign and domestic) firms. We distinguish between two possible channels: effects on productivity and effects on the perceived level of sunk costs of exporting. For both channels, we consider geographical and activity or industry-based linkages between firms. For a sample Belgian firms we find evidence of significant spillovers on productivity as well as productivity-independent spillovers on the decision to start exporting. Spillovers seem more substantial in the geographical dimension than in terms of competitor, client or supplier links, except for the impact of multinationals on the productivity of domestic firms.

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  • Michel Dumont & Bruno Merlevede & Christophe Piette & Glenn Rayp, 2010. "The productivity and export spillovers of the internationalisation behaviour of Belgian firms," Working Paper Research 201, National Bank of Belgium.
  • Handle: RePEc:nbb:reswpp:201010-201
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    Keywords

    Export; FDI; spillovers; sunk cost; region;

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    • F2 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business

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