Export and Innovation Activities in the German Service Sector: Empirical Evidence at the Firm Level

25 Pages Posted: 21 May 2003

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Günther Ebling

Center for European Economic Research (ZEW)

Norbert Janz

Center for European Economic Research (ZEW); Aachen University of Applied Science - Department of Business Studies

Date Written: October 28, 1999

Abstract

In this paper we analyse the relationship between export and innovation activities of German service sector companies using data from the 1997 wave of the Mannheim Innovation Panel in the Service Sector. There is a lot of support for the Schumpeterian hypothesis of export activities being mainly driven by innovation activities. Factor endowment theories are only partially supported. While human capital significantly improves export performance, labour costs hamper it only in selected branches. Moreover, allowing for simultaneity we find that export activities do not enforce innovation activities.

Keywords: exports, innovation, service sector, firm behaviour, applied microeconometrics

JEL Classification: F14, O31, C53, L80

Suggested Citation

Ebling, Günther and Janz, Norbert, Export and Innovation Activities in the German Service Sector: Empirical Evidence at the Firm Level (October 28, 1999). ZEW Discussion Paper No. 99-53. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=376220 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.376220

Günther Ebling (Contact Author)

Center for European Economic Research (ZEW) ( email )

P.O. Box 10 34 43
L 7,1 D-68161 Mannheim
Germany

Norbert Janz

Center for European Economic Research (ZEW) ( email )

P.O. Box 10 34 43
L 7,1 D-68161 Mannheim
Germany

Aachen University of Applied Science - Department of Business Studies ( email )

Eupener Str. 70
D-52056 Aachen
Germany

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