Agglomeration and the Export Decision of French Firms

Abstract : This paper asks whether export spillovers influence the export behavior of French manufacturers. I use a database containing export flows by firm and importing country between 1986 and 1992. The decision to start exporting to a particular country is estimated using a logit model, controlling for the specific characteristics of firms, locations, countries and years. The export spillovers identified are industry- and/or destination-specific, and are computed at a very disaggregated geographical level. The results indicate that the pool of local exporters positively affects the decision to start exporting to a country. These effects are clearly destination-specific, and are larger for firms that export to remote markets.
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Pamina Koenig. Agglomeration and the Export Decision of French Firms. Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, 2009, 66 (3), pp.186-195. ⟨10.1016/j.jue.2009.07.002⟩. ⟨halshs-00754328⟩

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