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What Determines Firm-level Export Capacity? Evidence from Portuguese firms

Ana Gouveia () and Ana Luisa Correia ()
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Ana Gouveia: Gabinete de Planeamento, Estratégia, Avaliação e Relações Internacionais / Office for Economic Policy and International Affairs - Ministério das Finanças / Ministry of Finance

No 57, GEE Papers from Gabinete de Estratégia e Estudos, Ministério da Economia

Abstract: Internationalization of firms is an indicator of their competitiveness. Using a dataset that covers all Portuguese non-financial corporations, we assess, at micro level, what are the key factors that explain the export capacity of individual firms (and thereby of increased competitiveness). From a public policy perspective, we show that policies to promote innovation and investment have a positive impact on the firm-level probability of exporting. Also, younger firms are more prone to export and there are learning effects from the export activity. The reduction of barriers to competition in internal markets is also important to promote firms’ inter-nationalization.

Keywords: Keywords: Internationalization; Competitiveness; Barriers; Exports (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 21 pages
Date: 2015-07, Revised 2015-07
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