Quotation Foster-McGregor, Neil, Isaksson, Anders, Kaulich, Florian. 2016. Importing, Productivity and Absorptive Capacity in Sub-Saharan African Manufacturing and Services Firms. Open Economies Review, 27 (1), 87-117.


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This paper examines the relationship between importing and firm-level productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa. Using a recent firm-level survey for 19 Sub-Saharan African countries, the paper shows that there is a positive and significant relationship between importing and productivity for both manufacturing and services firms. Using a series of robustness tests, the paper finds that the importer-productivity relationship is robust in the case of manufacturing firms, but the results for services appear sensitive to the presence of extreme values. Finally, the paper shows that manufacturing firms with the highest levels of human capital show the strongest relationship between importing and productivity, a result consistent with a role for absorptive capacity in maximising the benefits of importing.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Open Economies Review
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title Importing, Productivity and Absorptive Capacity in Sub-Saharan African Manufacturing and Services Firms
Volume 27
Number 1
Year 2016
Page from 87
Page to 117
Reviewed? Y
URL http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11079-015-9367-7
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11079-015-9367-7
Open Access N
JEL JEL D24, F10, M20, L10

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