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Export market participation with sunk costs and firm heterogeneity.

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Sinani, Evis; Hobdari, Bersant

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Abstract In this paper we investigate the importance of sunk costs, firm characteristics and spillovers from nearby exporters on a firm’s decision to participate in exporting. The empirical analysis involves the estimation of a non-structural, discrete choice, dynamic model with firm heterogeneity. By using panel data for Estonian companies from 1994 to 1999 we find that: (i) both sunk costs and observable firm characteristics are important determinants of export market participation; (ii) previous history matters, in that, if a firm has been exporting the previous period or the period before, it significantly increases the likelihood of the firm exporting in the current period; (iii) larger firms with high capital intensity and foreign ownership are more likely to be exporters; (iv) operating in an export-oriented industry increases a firm’s likelihood of exporting.
Classification National Economy
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 3195-3207
Journal Applied Economics, 42 (2008) 25
ISSN 1466-4283
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)