What's Behind the Figures? Quantifying the Cross‐Country Exporter Productivity Gap

16 Pages Posted: 22 May 2019

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Kozo Kiyota

Keio University - Keio Economic Observatory

Toshiyuki Matsuura

Keio University

Lionel Nesta

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: July 2019

Abstract

We present a simple framework that allows us to examine the cross‐country exporter productivity gap without accessing confidential firm‐level data. This gap depends on the three readily available statistics: the productivity gap between two countries; the export participation rates; and export premia. This gap holds irrespective of the distribution underlying firm productivity and irrespective of the presence of fixed costs. Under specific conditions, allocative efficiency may affect the exporter productivity gap. The empirical analysis globally validates this exercise.

JEL Classification: F1, D24

Suggested Citation

Kiyota, Kozo and Matsuura, Toshiyuki and Nesta, Lionel, What's Behind the Figures? Quantifying the Cross‐Country Exporter Productivity Gap (July 2019). Economic Inquiry, Vol. 57, Issue 3, pp. 1256-1271, 2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3392576 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecin.12769

Kozo Kiyota (Contact Author)

Keio University - Keio Economic Observatory ( email )

Mita 2-15-45, Minato-ku
Tokyo, 108-8345
Japan

Toshiyuki Matsuura

Keio University ( email )

2-15-45 Mita
Minato-ku
Tokyo, 108-8345
Japan

Lionel Nesta

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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