Quotation Foster-McGregor, Neil, Isaksson, Anders, Kaulich, Florian. 2013. Importing, Exporting and Performance in sub-Saharan African Manufacturing Firms. BIT Working Paper 04/2013, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).


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This paper examines productivity differences between internationally trading and non-trading firms using data on a sample of firms from 19 sub-Saharan African countries. The paper provides the first evidence of whether exporters, importers and two-way traders perform better than non-traders, and whether there are differences in performance between different types of trading firms in sub-Saharan Africa. Our results indicate that exporters, importers and two-way traders perform better than non-exporters, non-importers and non two-way traders. We further find that two-way traders perform better than importers only or exporters only, results largely consistent with recent results for other countries and regions. Considering information on export starters, continuers and exiters we also present some evidence suggesting that there is no significant difference in performance between export continuers and starters.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Working/discussion paper, preprint
Language English
Title Importing, Exporting and Performance in sub-Saharan African Manufacturing Firms
Title of whole publication BIT Working Paper 04/2013, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Year 2013
URL http://www.unido.org/fileadmin/user_media_upgrade/What_we_do/Topics/Business__investment_and_technology_services/Foreign_Exposure_and_Firm_Performance_Final_AI.pdf

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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)
5334 Political economic policy (Details)
5344 Foreign trade (Details)
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