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Evidence on Productivity, Comparative Advantage, and Networks in the Export Performance of Firms

Luca Ricci () and Federico Trionfetti

No 11/77, IMF Working Papers from International Monetary Fund

Abstract: This paper tests the effect of comparative advantage, size, and networking on the firm probability of exporting. The closest theoretical framework is the one of Bernard, Redding, and Schott (2007), with firm heterogeneity across countries and industries. We use a recently assembled multi-country multi-industry firm level dataset, and construct original measures of comparative advantage. The results show that firms are more likely to export if they belong to the comparative advantage industry, if they enjoy a higher productivity, or if they benefit from foreign, domestic, or communication networks.

Keywords: Comparative advantage; Productivity; Heckscher-Ohlin, new-new trade theory, firms’ export probability, networks, probability, international trade, survey, Neoclassical Models of Trade, Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies, Country and Industry Studies of Trade, (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2011-04-01
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