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Firm heterogeneity and aggregate business services exports : Micro evidence from Belgium, France, Germany and Spain

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  • Andrea Ariu

    () (University of Geneva, Switzerland,Georgetown University, USA and CRENOS, Italy)

  • Elena Biewen

    () (Deutsche Bundesbank)

  • Sven Blank

    () (Deutsche Bundesbank)

  • Guillaume Gaulier

    () (Banque de France and CEPII)

  • María Jesus González,

    () (Banco de España)

  • Philipp Meinen,

    () (Deutsche Bundesbank)

  • Daniel Mirza

    () (University François Rabelais de Tours, LEO-CNRS (Orleans), Banque de France and CEPII.)

  • Cesar Martín,

    () (Banco de España)

  • Patry Tello

    () (Banco de España)

Abstract

This paper uses detailed micro data on service exports at the firm-destination-service level to analyse the role of firm heterogeneity in shaping aggregate service exports in Belgium, France,Germany and Spain from 2003 to 2007. We decompose the level and the growth of aggregate service exports into different trade margins paying special attention to firm heterogeneity within countries. We find that the weak export growth of France is at least partly due to poor performance by small exporters. By contrast, small exporters are the most dynamic contributors to the aggregate exports of Belgium, Germany and Spain. Our results highlight the importance of firm heterogeneity in understanding aggregate export growth.

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  • Andrea Ariu & Elena Biewen & Sven Blank & Guillaume Gaulier & María Jesus González, & Philipp Meinen, & Daniel Mirza & Cesar Martín, & Patry Tello, 2017. "Firm heterogeneity and aggregate business services exports : Micro evidence from Belgium, France, Germany and Spain," Working Paper Research 328, National Bank of Belgium.
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    1. João Amador & Sónia Cabral & Birgitte Ringstad, 2019. "International trade in services: firm-level evidence for Portugal," Portuguese Economic Journal, Springer;Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestao, vol. 18(3), pages 127-163, October.
    2. João Amador & Sónia Cabral & Birgitte Ringstad, 2018. "International trade in services: Evidence for Portuguese firms," Working Papers w201810, Banco de Portugal, Economics and Research Department.
    3. Alessandro Moro & Enrico Tosti, 2020. "The determinants of service export behaviour in Italian non-financial firms," Questioni di Economia e Finanza (Occasional Papers) 577, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.

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    Keywords

    service exports; firm heterogeneity; cross-country micro data study;

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

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