Firm Heterogeneity and Aggregate Business Services Exports: Micro Evidence from Belgium, France, Germany and Spain

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Andrea Ariu

University of Geneva

Elena Biewen

Institute for Applied Economic Research (IAW)

Sven Blank

Deutsche Bundesbank - Research Centre

Guillaume Gaulier

Banque de France

María Jesus González

Banco de España

Philipp Meinen

Deutsche Bundesbank

Daniel Mirza

François Rabelais University

Cesar Martín

Banco de España

Patrocinio Tello

Banco de España

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Date Written: September 8, 2017

Abstract

This paper uses detailed micro data on service exports at the firm-destination-service level to analyse the role of firm heterogeneity in shaping aggregate service exports in Belgium, France, Germany and Spain from 2003 to 2007. We decompose the level and the growth of aggregate service exports into different trade margins paying special attention to firm heterogeneity within countries. We find that the weak export growth of France is at least partly due to poor performance by small exporters. By contrast, small exporters are the most dynamic contributors to the aggregate exports of Belgium, Germany and Spain. Our results highlight the importance of firm heterogeneity in understanding aggregate export growth.

Keywords: service exports, firm heterogeneity, cross-country micro data study

JEL Classification: F14

Suggested Citation

Ariu, Andrea and Biewen, Elena and Blank, Sven and Gaulier, Guillaume and González, María Jesus and Meinen, Philipp and Mirza, Daniel and Martín, Cesar and Tello, Patrocinio, Firm Heterogeneity and Aggregate Business Services Exports: Micro Evidence from Belgium, France, Germany and Spain (September 8, 2017). ECB Working Paper No. 2097. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3035880

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