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The Performance of Trading Firms in the Services Sectors – Comparable Evidence from Four EU Countries

Joze Damijan (), Stefanie Haller, Ville Kaitila (), Crt Kostevc (), Mika Maliranta (), Emmanuel Milet (), Daniel Mirza () and Matija Rojec ()

The World Economy, 2015, vol. 38, issue 12, 1809-1849

Abstract: type="main" xml:id="twec12291-abs-0001"> We examine trade complexity and the implications of adding additional dimensions of trade for firm performance among services producers. We use unique firm-level data to compare these patterns across four EU countries. Overall, services firms are relatively less engaged in trade than manufacturing firms; they mostly trade goods and are more likely to import than to export. Trade in services is quite rare; services are more likely to be traded by firms already trading goods. Trading firms in the services sectors are significantly larger, more productive and pay higher wages than non-traders. Two-way traders outperform one-way traders. Changes in trading status by either adding another dimension of trade (imports, exports) or another type of product (goods, services) are infrequent and are associated with significant preswitching premia. In contrast, learning effects from switching trading status are uncommon. This points to significant fixed cost of being engaged in trade and confirms some previous findings that trading services firms have similar traits as their manufacturing counterparts. Apart from greater trade participation in smaller countries, we do not observe systematic differences in terms of trade or switching premia between the four countries that might be attributable to differences in country characteristics.

Date: 2015
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