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Is Exporting a Source of Productivity Spillovers?

Roberto Alvarez

University of Chile - Department of Economics

Ricardo A. López

Brandeis International Business School

September 26, 2006

CAEPR Working Paper No. 2006-012

This paper investigates whether exporting generates positive productivity spillover effects on other plants operating in the same industry and whether exporting affects productivity of plants in vertically related industries. Using plant-level data from Chile we find that exporters improve productivity of their local suppliers but not of plants that purchase intermediate inputs from them. We also find evidence of horizontal spillovers from exporting. Exporting by foreign-owned plants generates positive spillovers in all directions: to their suppliers, customers, and to other plants in the same industry. Domestic exporters increase productivity of their suppliers and, to a lesser extent, that of plants in the same sector.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 32

Keywords: exporting, spillovers, productivity, vertical linkages, Chile

JEL Classification: F10, F23, 03, 054

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Date posted: June 24, 2005  

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Alvarez, Roberto and López, Ricardo A., Is Exporting a Source of Productivity Spillovers? (September 26, 2006). CAEPR Working Paper No. 2006-012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=749367 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.749367

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Roberto Alvarez
University of Chile - Department of Economics ( email )
Diagonal Paraguay 257
Torre 26, Of. 1801
Ricardo A. Lopez (Contact Author)
Brandeis International Business School ( email )
Mailstop 32
Waltham, MA 02454-9110
United States
HOME PAGE: http://people.brandeis.edu/~rlopez/
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