The Returns to Exporting: Evidence from UK Firms

46 Pages Posted: 27 Jan 2007

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Richard Kneller

University of Nottingham

Mauro Pisu

OECD; Leverhulme Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy; National Bank of Belgium

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The question of learning versus self-selection has dominated the micro-econometric literature on firm export decisions, without leading to any firm conclusions. In part this reflects the limited information content of the data typically used. In this paper we use survey data on UK firms to offer some new insights into this debate. Consistent with the literature we find that the impacts of exporting on the size of firms are strongest, but that productivity type impacts also occur. These effects are larger the higher the export intensity of firms and the shorter their export experience.

Keywords: Learning by exporting, exports, productivity

JEL Classification: D21, F14

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Kneller, Richard and Pisu, Mauro, The Returns to Exporting: Evidence from UK Firms. Available at SSRN: or

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