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Learning by Exporting: Evidence from India

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  • Gupta, Apoorva

    () (National Institute of Public Finance and Policy)

  • Patnaik, Ila

    () (National Institute of Public Finance and Policy)

  • Shah, Ajay

    () (National Institute of Public Finance and Policy)

Abstract

The empirical evidence on learning by exporting is mixed. In this paper, we examine whether productivity growth among Indian exporters is higher than that of non-exporters. After controlling for self-selection into exporting, we do not find evidence for learning by exporting in a panel of manufacturing firms. There is also no evidence of heterogeneity in learning by exporting with regard to age, size, or productivity. The study finds that exporters grow bigger at a significantly higher rate than their domestic counterparts. But the growth in size does not appear to translate into growth in productivity after entry into foreign markets. Instead, exporters exhibit a boost in productivity 1 year prior to entering export markets.

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  • Gupta, Apoorva & Patnaik, Ila & Shah, Ajay, 2013. "Learning by Exporting: Evidence from India," Working Papers on Regional Economic Integration 119, Asian Development Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:adbrei:0119
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    Keywords

    Exports; self-selection; learning by exporting (LBE); firm productivity;

    JEL classification:

    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
    • F43 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Economic Growth of Open Economies

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