Innovation and the Export-Productivity Link

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Bruno Cassiman

IESE Business School; KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB)

Elena Golovko

Tilburg University - Tilburg University School of Economics and Management

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Date Written: August 2007

Abstract

We explore the relationship between innovation activity, productivity, and exports using a panel of Spanish manufacturing firms for 1990-1998. Our results - based on non-parametric tests - suggest that firm innovation status is important in explaining the positive export-productivity association documented in prior research. For the sample of small innovating firms, we find no significant differences in productivity levels between exporters and non-exporters. Especially product innovation seems to explain the positive association between exports and productivity for this group of firms. For small non-innovating firms with low and medium productivity levels exporting firms continue to exhibit higher productivity than non-exporting firms.

Keywords: exports, innovation, process innovation, product innovation, productivity

JEL Classification: D21, O31, O32

Suggested Citation

Cassiman, Bruno and Golovko, Elena, Innovation and the Export-Productivity Link (August 2007). , Vol. , pp. -, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1138524

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