Why some firms export? An empirical analysis for manufacturing firms in the MENA region

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dc.contributor.author Fakih, Ali
dc.contributor.author Ghazalian, Pascale
dc.date.accessioned 2017-04-07T07:55:51Z
dc.date.available 2017-04-07T07:55:51Z
dc.date.issued 2017-04-07
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/5502 en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper analyzes the exporting behaviour of manufacturing firms located in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region using data from the World Bank's Enterprise Surveys Database. It specifically examines the factors that determine the probability of exporting and the export intensity of these firms. The empirical specification is represented through a country-specific effect model and through a model with country variables. The empirical results reveal 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 and the relative labour compositions of firms in terms of skilled production workers and in terms of non-production workers tend to exert negative effects on firms' propensity to export. The empirical results from the model with country variables underscore the enhancing effects of national economic development factors on the probability of exporting and on export intensity. Also, they indicate that the propensity to export of these firms decreases with larger domestic market size. The empirical analysis reveals considerable variations in the effects of the determining factors when carrying out the estimation for individual countries. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries IZA Discussion Paper; No. 7172 en_US
dc.title Why some firms export? An empirical analysis for manufacturing firms in the MENA region en_US
dc.type Conference Paper / Proceeding 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.keywords Exporting decision en_US
dc.keywords Export intensity en_US
dc.keywords Probit model en_US
dc.keywords Fractional logit model en_US
dc.keywords MENA region en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Fakih, A., & Ghazalian, P. (2013). Why some firms export? An empirical analysis for manufacturing firms in the MENA region (No. 7172). IZA Discussion Papers en_US
dc.author.email AFakih@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2210832 en_US
dc.orcid.id https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8562-3308 en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US

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