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Beyond The Average Effects: The Distributional Impacts of Export Promotion Programs in Developing Countries

Christian Volpe Martincus and Jeronimo Carballo

No 3169, IDB Publications (Working Papers) from Inter-American Development Bank

Abstract: Do all exporters benefit the same from export promotion programs? Surprisingly, not matter how obvious this question may a priori be when thinking of the effectiveness of these programs there is virtually no empirical evidence on how they affect export performance in different parts of the distribution of export outcomes. This paper aims at filling this gap in the literature. We assess the distributional impacts of trade promotion activities performing efficient semiparametric quantile treatment effect estimation on assistance, total sales, and highly disaggregated export data for the whole population of Chilean exporters over the period 2002-2006. We find that these activities have indeed heterogeneous effects over the distribution of export performance, along both the extensive and intensive margins. In particular, smaller firms as measured by their total exports seem to benefit more from export promotion actions.

Keywords: Public Administration & Policy Making; Trade Facilitation; Business Development; Export Promotion; Quantile Treatment Effects (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F13 F14 L15 L25 O17 O24 C23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010-08
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