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Impact of Corruption on Firm-Level Export Decisions

This paper examines the impact of corruption on the self-selection of firms into domestic and export markets. A heterogeneous firm model predicts that corruption decreases the probability that a firm only sells domestically, increases the probability that a firm exports indirectly through an intermediary, and decreases the probability that a firm exports directly. The propositions of the model are tested using a comprehensive data set of over 23,000 firms in 80 developing countries. The results confirm both the self-selection of firms according to their productivity and the anticipated impact of corruption. This indicates that in developing countries where corruption is especially severe, intermediaries provide a crucial link to global markets.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Williams College in its series Department of Economics Working Papers with number 2013-04.

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Length: 45 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2013
Date of revision: Jan 2015
Handle: RePEc:wil:wileco:2013-04
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