Quotation Foster-McGregor, Neil, Isaksson, Anders, Kaulich, Florian. 2013. Importing, Exporting and the Productivity of Services Firms in Sub-Saharan Africa. BIT Working Paper 05/2013, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).


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We examine productivity differences between trading and non-trading firms in the services sector using data on a sample of 19 sub-Saharan African firms. A variety of parametric and nonparametric tests are implemented in order to examine 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. Our results indicate that services firms that are engaged in international trade perform significantly better than those firms that trade on the domestic market only. Two-way traders and exporters only are found to perform better than importers only, with no significant difference in performance found between two-way traders and exporters only.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Working/discussion paper, preprint
Language English
Title Importing, Exporting and the Productivity of Services Firms in Sub-Saharan Africa
Title of whole publication BIT Working Paper 05/2013, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Year 2013
URL https://www.unido.org/fileadmin/user_media_upgrade/What_we_do/Topics/Business__investment_and_technology_services/Foreign_Exposure_and_Productivity_in_Services__Firms_FINAL_AI.pdf
JEL D24, F10, L10

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People
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)
5323 Econometrics (Details)
5325 Political economics (Details)
5334 Political economic policy (Details)
5341 Economic policy (Details)
5344 Foreign trade (Details)
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