Explaining Firms' Export Behaviour: R&D, Spillovers and the Destination Market

22 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2003

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Salvador Barrios

European Commission, JRC - IPTS

Holger Görg

University of Kiel; Kiel Institute for the World Economy

Eric Strobl

Ecole Polytechnique, Paris - Department of Economic Sciences; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

We examine the importance of a firm's own R&D activity and intra-sectoral spillovers on the decision to export and the export intensity using firm level panel data for Spain for the period 1990-98. Own R&D activity is found to be an important determinant of export activity. There is little evidence to suggest that Spanish firms benefit from spillovers of the exporting activity of others. However, there is evidence that R&D spillovers exert positive effects on firms' export ratios. We find a larger marginal impact of R&D spillovers on export intensity of firms exporting to other OECD countries than those exporting to non-OECD nations.

Suggested Citation

Barrios, Salvador and Gorg, Holger and Strobl, Eric, Explaining Firms' Export Behaviour: R&D, Spillovers and the Destination Market. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=423648

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Holger Gorg

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Eric Strobl

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