Exporting and Productivity Growth: Evidence from the Taiwan Electronics Plants

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Meng-Wen Tsou

Tamkang University - Department of International Trade

Jin‐Tan Liu

National Taiwan University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

James K. Hammitt

Harvard University

Kuang-Hsien Wang

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2007-05-00

Abstract

This paper uses propensity score matching techniques and ordinary least square regressions to examine the relationship between exporting and productivity growth in the Taiwan electronics industry. Using data from three census years, we find that plants with higher productivity growth tend to enter the export market, supporting the self-selection mechanism. The evidence of learning-by-exporting is mixed, however. While the plants exporting throughout the sample period show small differences in productivity growth from non-exporters in the downturn period, continuing exporters outperform non-exporters in the upturn period. Thus, our results suggest that the direction of causality mainly runs from productivity to exporting rather than vice versa.

Suggested Citation

Tsou, Meng-Wen and Liu, Jin-Tan and Hammitt, James K. and Wang, Kuang-Hsien, Exporting and Productivity Growth: Evidence from the Taiwan Electronics Plants (2007-05-00). Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 55, Issue 2, pp. 190-209, May 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1114380 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9485.2008.00450.x

Meng-Wen Tsou (Contact Author)

Tamkang University - Department of International Trade

Taiwan, 25137
China

Jin-Tan Liu

National Taiwan University - Department of Economics ( email )

21 Hsu-Chow Road
Taipei, 10020
Taiwan

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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United States

James K. Hammitt

Harvard University ( email )

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Boston, MA 02115
United States
617-432-4343 (Phone)
617-432-0190 (Fax)

Kuang-Hsien Wang

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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