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No 2009:15:
Do Firms Learn by Exporting or Learn to Export? Evidence from Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Swedish Manufacturing

Pär Hansson (), Kent Eliasson () and Markus Lindvert ()

Abstract: Using a matching approach, we compare the productivity trajectories of future exporters and matched and unmatched non-exporters. Future exporters have higher productivity than do unmatched non-exporters before entry into the export market, which indicates self-selection into exports. More interestingly, we also find a productivity increase among future exporters relative to matched non-exporters 1-2 years before export entry. However, the productivity gap between future exporters and matched non-exporters does not continue to grow after export entry. Our results suggest that learning-to-export occurs but that learning-by-exporting does not. In contrast to previous studies on Swedish manufacturing, we focus particularly on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

Keywords: productivity; learning-to-export; learning-by-exporting; matching; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: D24; F14; (follow links to similar papers)

35 pages, November 16, 2009

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Published as Hansson, Pär, Kent Eliasson and Markus Lindvert, 'Do Firms Learn by Exporting or Learn to Export? Evidence from Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Swedish Manufacturing' in Small Business Economics, 2012, pages 453-472.



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