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Productivity, exporting and the learning-by-exporting hypothesis: direct evidence from UK firms

Crespi, Gustavo and Criscuolo, Chiara and Haskel, Jonathan (2006) Productivity, exporting and the learning-by-exporting hypothesis: direct evidence from UK firms. CEPDP, 726. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 075302022X

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Abstract

Case study evidence suggests that exporting firms learn from their clients. But econometric evidence, mostly using exporting and TFP growth, is mixed. We use a UK panel data set with firm-level information on exporting and productivity. Our innovation is that we also have direct data on the sources of learning (in this case about new technologies). Controlling for fixed effects we have two main findings. First, we find firms who exported in the past are more likely to then report that they learnt from buyers (relative to learning from other sources). Second, firms who had learned from buyers (more than they learnt from other sources) in the past are more likely to then have productivity growth. This suggests some support for the learning-by-exporting hypothesis.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk
Additional Information: © 2006 the authors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
JEL classification: L - Industrial Organization > L1 - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance
F - International Economics > F1 - Trade > F12 - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2008 10:30
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2010 09:13
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/19857

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