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Learning by exporting: The case of Mozambican manufacturing
World Institute for Development Economics Research (2014)
  • Research in International Trade
Abstract
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 Date
Spring March 22, 2014
Citation Information
Research in International Trade. "Learning by exporting: The case of Mozambican manufacturing" World Institute for Development Economics Research (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/researchin-internationaltrade/2/