Export Barriers: What are They and Who Do They Matter To?

University of Nottingham Working Paper No. 2007/12

48 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 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

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

The recent literature on firm exporting behaviour has established that both sunk-cost of exports and firm characteristics, such as size and productivity matter. In this paper we provide fresh evidence on the actual barriers to exporting firms face and how they vary with export experience and other firm-level characteristics. Our results indicate that the higher the export experience of firms the lower are trade costs. These barriers are not related to other firms-level characteristics such as, productivity and size, found by the literature to be associated with export market entry. Overall, these results suggest the existence of a process of learning to export whereby firms learn how to cope with export barriers through direct experience in export markets.

Keywords: Exports experience, exports barriers, productivity, trade costs

JEL Classification: D21, F14

Suggested Citation

Kneller, Richard and Pisu, Mauro, Export Barriers: What are They and Who Do They Matter To? (2007). University of Nottingham Working Paper No. 2007/12. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=968428 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.968428

Richard Kneller (Contact Author)

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Mauro Pisu

OECD ( email )

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Leverhulme Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy ( email )

University of Nottingham
School of Economics
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National Bank of Belgium ( email )

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Brussels, 1000
Belgium

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