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Productivity, Exporting and the Learning-by-Exporting Hypothesis: Direct Evidence from UK Firms

Gustavo Crespi (), Chiara Criscuolo () and Jonathan Haskel ()

No 559, Working Papers from Queen Mary University of London, School of Economics and Finance

Abstract: Case study evidence suggests that exporting firms learn from their clients. But econometric evidence, mostly using exporting and TFP growth, is mixed. We use a UK panel data set with firm-level information on exporting and productivity. Our innovation is that we also have direct data on the sources of learning (in this case about new technologies). Controlling for fixed effects we have two main findings. First, we find firms who exported in the past are more likely to then report that they learnt from buyers (relative to learning from other sources). Second, firms who had learned from buyers (more than they learnt from other sources) in the past are more likely to then have productivity growth. This suggests some support for the learning-by-exporting hypothesis, though is not clear whether firms deserve an exporting subsidy.

Keywords: Productivity; Exporting; Learning (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F12 L1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2006-04
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