Importing, Exporting and the Productivity of Services Firms in Sub-Saharan Africa

Neil Foster-McGregor, Anders Isaksson, Florian Kaulich

Publication: Working/Discussion PaperWorking Paper/Preprint

Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

SeriesBIT Working Paper
Volume05/2013

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 502025 Econometrics
  • 502027 Political economy
  • 502046 Economic policy
  • 502003 Foreign trade

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