Complex Goods' Exports and Institutions: Empirics at the Firm Level

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Yue Ma

City University of Hong Kong (CityU) - Department of Economics & Finance

Baozhi Qu

China Merchants Group (Hong Kong)

Yifan Zhang

Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU) - Department of Economics

Date Written: September 2012

Abstract

This paper analyzes the role of institutions in the exporter's country in promoting the exports. Firm‐level evidence from 22 developing and transition countries is provided to show that institutions matter for complex goods. A poor legal system, weak contractual enforcement, and corruption significantly reduce the exports of complex goods. In contrast, the effect of such institutions on the exports of simple goods remains ambiguous. Our main results are robust to the use of different econometric methods.

Suggested Citation

Ma, Yue and Qu, Baozhi and Zhang, Yifan, Complex Goods' Exports and Institutions: Empirics at the Firm Level (September 2012). Review of International Economics, Vol. 20, Issue 4, pp. 841-853, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2135394 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9396.2012.01059.x

Yue Ma

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Yifan Zhang

Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU) - Department of Economics ( email )

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