Quotation Foster-McGregor, Neil, Isaksson, Anders, Kaulich, Florian. 2013. Importing, Productivity and Absorptive Capacity in Sub-Saharan African Manufacturing Firms. wiiw Working Paper No. 105, Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw).


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Our study extends the recent literature on the importer-productivity relationship to a firm-level dataset for sub-Saharan Africa. Using a cross-section sample of 3090 firms in 19 countries, we find that importers are more productive than non-importers. The observed importer premium is found to be robust to firm-specific characteristics and to a number of alternative estimation methods. Furthermore, we examine the importance of absorptive capacity in enhancing the benefits from importing. Using recently developed quantile threshold regression methods, we find that higher levels of absorptive capacity, as measured by human capital, are associated with a stronger relationship between importing and productivity.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Working/discussion paper, preprint
Language English
Title Importing, Productivity and Absorptive Capacity in Sub-Saharan African Manufacturing Firms
Title of whole publication wiiw Working Paper No. 105, Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw)
Year 2013
URL http://www.wiiw.ac.at/importing-productivity-and-absorptive-capacity-in-sub-saharan-african-manufacturing-firms-dlp-3091.pdf
JEL D24, F10, M20, L10

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Kaulich, Florian (Details)
External
Foster-McGregor, Neil (wiiw, Austria)
Isaksson, Anders (UNIDO, Austria)
Organization
Institute for International Economics and Development IN (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5309 Foreign aid (Details)
5334 Political economic policy (Details)
5344 Foreign trade (Details)
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