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Export Credit Guarantees and Export Performance: An Empirical Analysis for Germany

Gabriel Felbermayr () and Erdal Yalcin

No 116, ifo Working Paper Series from ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich

Abstract: Recent literature finds that exporters are particularly vulnerable to financial market frictions. As a consequence, exports may be lower than their efficient levels. For this reason, many countries support exporters by underwriting export credit guarantees. The empirical evidence on the effects of those policies is, however, very limited. In this paper, we use sectoral data on export credit guarantees issued by the German government. We investigate whether those guarantees indeed do increase exports, and whether they remedy the exportrestricting effect of credit market imperfections both on the sectoral and on the export market levels. Exploiting the sectoral structure of a rich three-ways panel data set of German exports, we control for unobserved heterogeneity on the country-year, sectoryear, and country-sector dimensions. We document a robust export-increasing effect of guarantees. There is some evidence that the effect is larger for export markets with poor financial institutions and in sectors that rely more on external finance.

Keywords: Financial development; credit constraints; gravity equation; financial crisis. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F10 F14 F36 G20 G28 G32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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