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Export spillovers: Opening the black box

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  • Eliane Choquette
  • Philipp Meinen, Bundensbank, Frankfurt, Germany, Department of Economics and Business, Aarhus University, Germany
This paper studies the importance of export spillovers in a firm's decision to enter specific export markets and extends the current state of the literature by assessing different mechanisms through which they may occur, namely (i) labour movement, (ii) intra-industry spillovers and (iii) inter-industry linkages. We do so by exploiting a unique data set covering the universe of manufacturing firms in Denmark for the period 1995–2006 which combines transaction-level export data, firm accounting data, employer–employee linked data and information from yearly input–output tables. We corroborate the literature on export spillovers by presenting robust evidence of destination-specific export spillovers. The results suggest that labour mobility as well as intra- and inter-industry linkages (backward linkages) are important channels for export spillovers, while presenting heterogeneous effects across firms of different size and export markets.
Original languageEnglish
JournalWorld Economy
Volume38
Issue12
Pages (from-to)1912–1946
Number of pages35
ISSN0378-5920
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Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015

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