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Assessing the Competitiveness of the Portuguese Chemical Sector

Ana Rita Ana Rita Marques () and Cátia Silva ()

No 110, GEE Papers from Gabinete de Estratégia e Estudos, Ministério da Economia

Abstract: The aim of this paper is to examine the set of variables that determine competitiveness in the Portuguese Chemical sector. By performing a micro-econometrics analysis, whose temporal gap ranges between 2010 and 2016, and using data from the Portuguese firms’ population, two models were constructed: the first aims to identify what features influence the export-status of a firm while the second one, a Fixed-effect regression, has the goal of spotting the characteristics associated with higher exports’ volume. It was possible to conclude that the only variables that are associated with a positive impact on both dependent variables are the Export Persistency and the Share of Investment in Innovation. Interesting and unusual results were found regarding the statistical significance and impact of firms’ age and size on their competitiveness.

Keywords: Chemical; Exports; Competitiveness; Firm-level data (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-09, Revised 2018-09
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