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Firm heterogeneity and aggregate business services exports: Micro evidence from Belgium, France, Germany and Spain

Andrea Ariu, Elena Biewen, Sven Blank (), Guillaume Gaulier (), María Jesus González, (), Philipp Meinen, (), Daniel Mirza (), Cesar Martín, () and Patry Tello ()
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María Jesus González,: Banco de España
Philipp Meinen,: Deutsche Bundesbank
Cesar Martín,: Banco de España
Patry Tello: Banco de España

No 328, Working Paper Research from National Bank of Belgium

Abstract: This paper uses detailed micro data on service exports at the firm-destination-service level to analyse the role of firm heterogeneity in shaping aggregate service exports in Belgium, France,Germany and Spain from 2003 to 2007. We decompose the level and the growth of aggregate service exports into different trade margins paying special attention to firm heterogeneity within countries. We find that the weak export growth of France is at least partly due to poor performance by small exporters. By contrast, small exporters are the most dynamic contributors to the aggregate exports of Belgium, Germany and Spain. Our results highlight the importance of firm heterogeneity in understanding aggregate export growth.

Keywords: service exports; firm heterogeneity; cross-country micro data study (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-bec, nep-eur, nep-int, nep-sbm and nep-tid
Date: 2017-09
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