Trade and Productivity in a Transition Economy: the Role of Industry and Export Destination

Carlo Reggiani, Yevgeniya Shevtsova

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This paper focuses on the joint role of industry technology intensity and export market characteristics in the analysis of export-related productivity gains. Using a unique database of Ukrainian manufacturing firms in 2000-06, we classify all manufacturing sectors according to their technology intensity and estimate destination-specific learning by exporting effects separately for firms operating in high and low technology sectors. New exporters in high technology sectors enjoy robust long-term productivity growth premia when targeting advanced export markets, consistent with learning through exports. Export entrants in low technology sectors, instead, enjoy mostly short-term productivity improvements regardless of the export destination. Our findings suggest that the systematic distinction between the technology intensity of various industries is a relevant dimension for empirical studies on destination-specific learning by exporting.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-428
JournalJournal of Industry, Competition and Trade
Issue number3
Early online date26 Feb 2018
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018


  • Exports
  • TFP
  • Destination-specific learning-by-exporting effect
  • Propensity score matching
  • Difference-in-differences
  • Semiparametric estimator


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