Learning by exporting: The case of Mozambican manufacturingWorld Institute for Development Economics Research (2014)
In this paper,weaim to analyse the learning by exporting hypothesis in the Mozambican context. Due to the presence of the born-global phenomenon among exporters, we address the endogeneity introduced by self-selection by combining a generalized BO approach with results from traditional matching techniques. Our results show that very few manufacturing firms export and that export participation is highly persistent. There is also evidence supporting the learning by exporting hypothesis and the results suggest a significant export premium of between 15 and 24 percent, controlling for differences in observable characteristics between exporters and non exporters. Finally, qualitative information on non-exporters seeking new markets suggests that ‘lack of knowledge of potential markets’ is the most serious constraint to international market entry. We conclude that the Mozambican Export Promotion Institute could play an important role in overcoming this information deficit for potential Mozambican exporters.
Publication DateSpring March 22, 2014
Citation InformationResearch in International Trade. "Learning by exporting: The case of Mozambican manufacturing" World Institute for Development Economics Research (2014)
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