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Managers' mobility, trade status, and wages

Mion, Giordano and Opromolla, Luca David (2011) Managers' mobility, trade status, and wages. Centre for Economic Policy Research, DP8230. Centre for Economic Policy Research, London, UK.

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Identification Number: DP8230

Abstract

This paper investigates whether the arrival of managers with export experience, i.e. experience acquired through participation in the export activity of previous employers, is related to firms' international trade status and to what extent this relationship is of a causal nature. We construct a worker-firm matched panel dataset which enables us to track managers across different firms over time and observe firms' trading stance as well as a large set of workers' and firms' characteristics. Contrary to blue and white collars, we find that managers are paid a sizeable premium for export experience which has both a level and a trend component. Conditioning for the firm past trade status, we find that a one standard deviation increase in the firm's share of managers' with export experience corresponds to about 35% more chances of starting to export. The impact is stronger for larger firms and is roughly of the same order of magnitude of the firm productivity effect. On the contrary, export experience acquired by managers from previous employers positively affects the capacity to keep exporting in small firms only. To give a causality flavor to our findings, we use in a final step an IV strategy that mimics a random matching between managers with export experience and firms. IV estimations indicate that export experience matters even more for entry while it has no effect on exit.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://www.cepr.org/
Additional Information: © 2011 The Authors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Research centres and groups > Spatial Economics Research Centre
Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2012 14:03
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2012 14:04
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/44821

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