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Sector-Level Competition and Export: Evidence from Exporter Dynamics Database

Senol Babuşçu (), Adalet Hazar (), M. Nihat Solakoglu () and Cengiz Tunc ()
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Senol Babuşçu: Department of Banking and Finance, Baskent University, Ankara, Turkey
Adalet Hazar: Department of Banking and Finance, Baskent University, Ankara, Turkey
M. Nihat Solakoglu: Department of Banking and Finance, Çankaya University, Ankara, Turkey

Journal of International Commerce, Economics and Policy (JICEP), 2019, vol. 10, issue 03, 1-18

Abstract: We study the effect of sector-level competition on export by utilizing the Exporter Dynamics Database of the World Bank that provides sector-level competition measure along with destination-specific detailed export data. The results of the analysis show a nonlinear effect of sector-level competition on export. While at less competitive sectors, an increase in competition depresses export, at highly competitive sectors, an increase in competition generates a trade-promoting effect on export. The observed nonlinear effect is robust across sectors and countries. Therefore, productivity of peer firms could generate negative effect on a firm’s export performance contrary to the usual positive effect of a firm’s own productivity.

Keywords: International trade; competition; sectoral analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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