Export Spillovers: Opening the Black Box

35 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2016

Date Written: December 2015


This paper studies the importance of export spillovers in a firm's decision to enter specific export markets and extends the current state of the literature by assessing different mechanisms through which they may occur, namely (i) labour movement, (ii) intra‐industry spillovers and (iii) inter‐industry linkages. We do so by exploiting a unique data set covering the universe of manufacturing firms in Denmark for the period 1995–2006 which combines transaction‐level export data, firm accounting data, employer–employee linked data and information from yearly input–output tables. We corroborate the literature on export spillovers by presenting robust evidence of destination‐specific export spillovers. The results suggest that labour mobility as well as intra‐ and inter‐industry linkages (backward linkages) are important channels for export spillovers, while presenting heterogeneous effects across firms of different size and export markets.

Suggested Citation

Choquette, Eliane and Meinen, Philipp, Export Spillovers: Opening the Black Box (December 2015). The World Economy, Vol. 38, Issue 12, pp. 1912-1946, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2717212 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/twec.12225

Eliane Choquette (Contact Author)

Aarhus University ( email )

Fuglesangs Alle 4
Aarhus V, 8210

Philipp Meinen

Deutsche Bundesbank ( email )

Wilhelm-Epstein-Str. 14
Frankfurt/Main, 60431

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