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Which firms export? An empirical analysis for the manufacturing sector in the MENA region

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dc.contributor.author Fakih, Ali
dc.contributor.author Ghazalian, Pascal L.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-06T09:40:46Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-06T09:40:46Z
dc.date.copyright 2014 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0144-3585 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/3690
dc.description.abstract Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to analyse the export behaviour of manufacturing firms located in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region using data from the World Bank's Enterprise Surveys Database. Design/methodology/approach – This paper examines the factors influencing the export behaviour of manufacturing firms located in the MENA region through a probit model for export decision and through a fractional logit model for export intensity. Findings – The empirical results show significant positive effects of private foreign ownership, information and communication technology, and firm size on the probability of exporting and on export intensity of MENA manufacturing firms. Government ownership tends to exert negative effects on firms’ propensity to export. The results underscore enhancing effects of national economic development levels on firms’ export performance. Also, they indicate that firms’ propensity to export decreases with larger domestic market size. The empirical analysis reveals considerable heterogeneity in the implications of firm characteristics for firms’ export behaviour through firm size categories and across MENA countries. Originality/value – This paper contributes to the literature by conducting overall and comparative cross-country empirical analyses of the factors influencing the export behaviour of manufacturing firms located in the MENA region. It also explores the specificities of small and large firms’ responses to the factors influencing firms’ export behaviour. The results have implications for policies intended to enhance industrial growth and international competitiveness of the manufacturing sector in the MENA region. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Which firms export? An empirical analysis for the manufacturing sector in the MENA region en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.author.school SOB en_US
dc.author.idnumber 201105198 en_US
dc.author.department Department of Economics (ECON) en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal Journal of Economic Studies en_US
dc.journal.volume 41 en_US
dc.journal.issue 5 en_US
dc.article.pages 672-695 en_US
dc.keywords Probit model en_US
dc.keywords MENA region en_US
dc.keywords Export decision en_US
dc.keywords Export intensity en_US
dc.keywords Fractional logit model en_US
dc.keywords Government ownership en_US
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JES-10-2012-0142 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Fakih, A., & L. Ghazalian, P. (2014). Which firms export? An empirical analysis for the manufacturing sector in the MENA region. Journal of Economic Studies, 41(5), 672-695. en_US
dc.author.email AFakih@lau.edu.lb
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/JES-10-2012-0142 en_US
dc.orcid.id https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8562-3308 en_US


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