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International managerial skill and big Colombian exporting firms' performance, 2006-2014

Federico Alberto Merchan Alvarez

No 2226, Kiel Working Papers from Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW Kiel)

Abstract: This paper presents a novel methodology to measure international managerial skill, which has not been directly measured in the specialized management quality surveys. The international managerial quality variable captures the manager's organizational capital contribution to improve production efficiency of exported products that compete in the international market by price, and to upgrade quality capacity of the exported products that compete by quality. Using a sample of the biggest private Colombian exporting firms, the short-term econometric analysis indicates that: i) international managerial quality has a positive and robust effect on total exported value via intensive margin, ii) the exported value elasticity relative to international managerial quality is higher but not statistically different than exported value elasticity relative to exogenous international demand shocks, and iii) better managers in the international market learn by exporting.

Keywords: management practices; quality vs price competition; firm's performance; intensive margin; exporting; learning by exporting (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F10 F16 L25 M11 M12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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