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Human capital and exports: A micro-level analysis of transition countries

Arta Mulliqi, Nick Adnett () and Mehtap Hisarciklilar

The Journal of International Trade & Economic Development, 2019, vol. 28, issue 7, 775-800

Abstract: This paper investigates the impact of human capital endowments on export intensity employing firm-level data for 29 transition economies. A particular focus is placed on comparing and contrasting Central and Eastern Europe countries (CEECs) with those from the former Soviet Union, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The impact of the share of employees with higher education, provision of on-the-job training, years of experience of the top manager and labour cost on export intensity is assessed. To test these relationships, Tobit and Fractional Logit approaches are adopted. The estimation results suggest that, overall, having a more educated workforce exerts a positive impact on the export intensity of firms in transition economies, the magnitude being larger for CEECs. Average labour cost, as an alternative measure, also turns out to exert a positive but stronger impact. Insufficient evidence is found of a role for training programmes and years of experience of the top manager.

Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1080/09638199.2019.1603319

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