16 March 2012 9:00 am
The Trade-Productivity Nexus in the European Economy
wiiw, Rahlgasse 3, 1060 Vienna, lecture hall (entrance from the ground floor)
For attendance please register: http://www.fiw.ac.at/index.php?id=521&L=3
Exporting firms are larger and more productive than their non-exporting peers. This is one of the robust empirical facts established by empirical studies of heterogeneous firms active in international markets. Hence, there is a clear positive relationship between exporting and productivity. These results are based mainly on country-specific studies due to the lack of comparable cross-country data. This workshop features a contribution on the cross-country dimension of the export behaviour of European firms based on a recently developed cross-country firm level data set covering seven European countries. Next to the cross-country dimension the workshop will also focus on the issue of causality between exporting and productivity. The results from both the cross-country comparison and causality-question have important policy implications. A policy panel takes up the issue of implications and discusses which types of firms should be the target of export promotion and what kind of export promotion is needed to spur growth and support the internationalization of firms.