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Learning by Exporting: Evidence from India

Apoorva Gupta, Ila Patnaik () and Ajay Shah ()

No 119, Working Papers on Regional Economic Integration from Asian Development Bank

Abstract: The empirical evidence on learning by exporting is mixed. In this paper, we examine whether productivity growth among Indian exporters is higher than that of non-exporters. After controlling for self-selection into exporting, we do not find evidence for learning by exporting in a panel of manufacturing firms. There is also no evidence of heterogeneity in learning by exporting with regard to age, size, or productivity. The study finds that exporters grow bigger at a significantly higher rate than their domestic counterparts. But the growth in size does not appear to translate into growth in productivity after entry into foreign markets. Instead, exporters exhibit a boost in productivity 1 year prior to entering export markets.

Keywords: Exports; self-selection; learning by exporting (LBE); firm productivity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D24 F43 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2013-08-01
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