Financial Health, Exports and Firm Survival: Evidence from UK and French Firms

26 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2014

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Holger Görg

University of Kiel

Marina‐Eliza Spaliara

University of Glasgow - Adam Smith Business School

Date Written: July 2014

Abstract

We use firm‐level data for the UK and France to assess the role of exporting in the link between financial health and firm survival. We examine whether firms at different stages of export activity (starters, exiters, continuers, switchers) react differently to changes in financial variables. In general, export starters and exiters experience much stronger adverse effects of financial constraints for their survival prospects. By contrast, the exit probability of continuous exporters and export switchers is less negatively affected by financial characteristics. These relationships between exporting, finance and survival are broadly similar in the UK and French samples.

Suggested Citation

Görg, Holger and Spaliara, Marina-Eliza, Financial Health, Exports and Firm Survival: Evidence from UK and French Firms (July 2014). Economica, Vol. 81, Issue 323, pp. 419-444, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2449890 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecca.12080

Holger Görg

University of Kiel ( email )

Olshausenstr. 40
D-24118 Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein 24118
Germany

Marina-Eliza Spaliara

University of Glasgow - Adam Smith Business School ( email )

Glasgow, Scotland
United Kingdom

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