Participation in Export Markets and Productivity Performance in Canadian Manufacturing
Economic Analysis Research Paper Series
39 Pages Posted: 14 May 2009
Date Written: August 15, 2003
In this paper, we explore the linkages between export-market participation and productivity performance in Canadian manufacturing plants. We also examine differences in the effect of exporting on productivity between foreign-controlled and domestic-controlled plants, and between young and older plants. We find that export participation improves productivity. The effect is much stronger for domestic-controlled plants than for foreign-controlled plants. We interpret this as evidence that it is the international orientation or globalization of a firm rather than ownership per se that is important for productivity growth. We also find that exporting matters more for young businesses than for older businesses.
Keywords: exports, productivity, multinationals, self-selection
JEL Classification: F1, O4
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