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Is Exporting a Source of Productivity Spillovers?

Roberto Alvarez () and Ricardo López

No 2006-012, CAEPR Working Papers from Center for Applied Economics and Policy Research, Department of Economics, Indiana University Bloomington

Abstract: This paper investigates whether exporting generates positive productivity spillover effects on other plants operating in the same industry and whether exporting affects productivity of plants in vertically related industries. Using plant-level data from Chile we find that exporters improve productivity of their local suppliers but not of plants that purchase intermediate inputs from them. We also find evidence of horizontal spillovers from exporting. Exporting by foreign-owned plants generates positive spillovers in all directions: to their suppliers, customers, and to other plants in the same industry. Domestic exporters increase productivity of their suppliers and, to a lesser extent, that of plants in the same sector.

Keywords: exporting, spillovers; productivity; vertical linkages; Chile (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F10 F23 O3 O54 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 32 pages
Date: 2006-09
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