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Assessing European firms’ exports and productivity distributions : The CompNet trade module

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  • Antoine Berthou

    () (Banque de France)

  • Emmanuel Dhyne

    (National Bank of Belgium)

  • Matteo Bugamelli

    (Banca d’Italia)

  • Ana-Maria Cazacu

    (Banca Nationala a României)

  • Calin-Vlad Demian

    (European Central Bank)

  • Peter Harasztosi

    (Magyar Nemzeti Bank)

  • Tibor Lalinsky

    (Národná banka Slovenska)

  • Jaanika Meriküll

    (Eesti Pank)

  • Filippo Oropallo

    (ISTAT)

  • Ana Cristina Soares

    (Banco de Portugal)

Abstract

This paper provides a new cross-country evaluation of competitiveness, focusing on the linkages between productivity and export performance among European economies. We use the information compiled in the Trade module of CompNet to establish new stylized facts regarding the joint distributions of the firm-level exports performance and productivity in a panel of 15 countries, 23 manufacturing sectors during the 2000’s. We confirm that exporters are more productive than nonexporters. However, this productivity premium is rising with the export experience of firms, with permanent exporters being much more productive than starters. At the intensive margin, we show that both the level and the growth of firm-level exports rise with firm productivity, and that the bulk of aggregate exports in each country are made by a small number of highly productive firms. Finally, we show that during the crisis, the growth of exports by high productive firms sustained the current account adjustment of European “stressed” economies. This last result confirms that the shape of the productivity distribution within each country can have important consequences from the point of view of the dynamics of aggregate trade patterns.

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  • Antoine Berthou & Emmanuel Dhyne & Matteo Bugamelli & Ana-Maria Cazacu & Calin-Vlad Demian & Peter Harasztosi & Tibor Lalinsky & Jaanika Meriküll & Filippo Oropallo & Ana Cristina Soares, 2015. "Assessing European firms’ exports and productivity distributions : The CompNet trade module," Working Paper Research 282, National Bank of Belgium.
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    Firm-level exports; productivity; firm heterogeneity;

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    • F10 - International Economics - - Trade - - - General
    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade

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