Explaining Export Performance Through Inputs: Evidence from Aggregated Cross‐Country Firm‐Level Data

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Erik van der Marel

European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE); European Center for International Political Economy

Date Written: August 2017

Abstract

Which trade barrier related to intermediate inputs forms a greater burden on the export performance of firms in developing countries? Using aggregated cross‐country firm‐level data covering 43 mostly developing economies, this paper estimates the marginal importance of the impact of various intermediate input trade cost barriers, namely tariffs, non‐tariff barriers (NTBs) and services barriers, on firms' export behavior. In a cross‐sectoral setting, this paper takes the firm's export performance in goods as a central focus to study the effects of these different trade barriers through the exporting firm's choice of use of intermediate inputs. The results show that the most significant trade barriers on inputs that impede export performance in developing countries are mainly NTBs and restrictions of services.

Suggested Citation

Marel, Erik van der, Explaining Export Performance Through Inputs: Evidence from Aggregated Cross‐Country Firm‐Level Data (August 2017). Review of Development Economics, Vol. 21, Issue 3, pp. 731-755, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2998421 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/rode.12309

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