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Firm heterogeneity and exports in Portugal - Identifying export potential

Frederico Oliveira Torres ()

No 118, GEE Papers from Gabinete de Estratégia e Estudos, Ministério da Economia

Abstract: For Melitz (2003), the driving force behind a firm’s decision to export is productivity. If firms pass the productivity cut-off, they all export. Nonetheless, empirical studies show that a substantial share of high-productive firms do not export. Using a dataset that covers Portuguese non-financial firms, between 2010 and 2016, we assess which factors determine the export decision, besides productivity. According to our results, firm’s characteristics, such as size, turnover, import as well as export status, age, worker skills and knowledge agglomeration, are crucial in the process of internationalisation of firms.

Keywords: Exports; firm heterogeneity; firm-level data (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-bec, nep-eff, nep-int and nep-sbm
Date: 2019-04, Revised 2019-04
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