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High-growth firms and international trade: evidence from Ecuador

Segundo Camino-Mogro (), Mary Armijos () and Paul Vera-Gilces ()
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Mary Armijos: Universidad Ecotec
Paul Vera-Gilces: ESPOL Polytechnic University Campus Las Peñas

Journal of Evolutionary Economics, 2022, vol. 32, issue 1, No 10, 299-332

Abstract: Abstract The aim of this article is to open a detailed discussion about the relationship between international trade activities (export, import and trade openness) and the probability of becoming a high-growth firm. International trade has been widely related to a variety of outcomes, but there is no evidence of the relationship to high-growth firms. We study this issue by estimating a two-step probit model to correct the problem of self-selection that usually appears in trade research. Additionally, we use matching techniques as a robustness check to address possible endogeneity problems. We find that international trade is a consistent and robust path for becoming a high-growth firm. Several policy implications are derived from our work.

Keywords: Firm age; International trade; High-growth firms; Performance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D22 F14 L20 L25 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1007/s00191-021-00756-1

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