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Growing into Export Markets: The Impact of Exporting on Firm-level Investment in Indonesia

Youngwoo Rho and Joel Rodrigue ()

Review of International Economics, 2015, vol. 23, issue 1, 62-85

Abstract: This paper documents the impact of exporting on capital accumulation across heterogeneous manufacturing firms in Indonesia. The findings show that entering export markets significantly increases investment behavior during the year of initial entry and for as much as three years after entry. The results imply that the investment rate among new exporters is 37% higher than non-exporters in the year of entry and 14–26% higher in the three years after entry. Using detailed data on firm ownership, the paper further show that foreign-owned affiliates invest at systematically higher rates upon entry into export markets. The estimates indicate that domestically owned exporters are potentially credit constrained and suggest that improving credit market access may increase the investment rate among domestic exporters by as much as 40% in the year of entry.

Date: 2015
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