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Do Portuguese manufacturing firms self select to exports?

Armando Silva (), Oscar Afonso and Ana Africano ()

FEP Working Papers from Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto

Abstract: Using a longitudinal database (1996-2003) at the plant level, this paper aims to shed light, on the thesis that most productive domestic firms self select to export markets. Self selection and learning by exporting are two non-mutually exclusive theses that try to explain the high correlation between international trade involvement of firms and their superior performance, relative to domestic firms. In general, we find evidence of a self-selection to exports. However, there is a significant heterogeneity according to the destination of sales, to firms’ import status before exporting and to the specificities of sectors firms’ belong to.

Keywords: Exports; Imports; Self selection (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F14 D24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 26 pages
Date: 2010-04
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