Learning by Exporting: Do Firm Characteristics Matter? Evidence from Argentinian Panel Data
24 Pages Posted: 22 Oct 2007
Date Written: September 2007
We identify characteristics that affect firms' ability to learn from their export activities. Our analysis is based on a panel of Argentinian firms spanning 1992-2001 and we employ Granger causality tests, propensity score matching techniques and GMM regressions.
The characteristics we find to be important are: foreign ownership, intensive use of imported inputs, a skilled workforce and small firm size. Finally, firms that are new to exporting seem to experience particularly high productivity gains but begin enjoying them before entering into the export market.
Keywords: Exporting, Learning by Exporting, Productivity, Absortive capacity, Argentina
JEL Classification: F14, D24
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