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Still Different After All These Years Extensive and Intensive Margins of Exports in East and West German Manufacturing Enterprises
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Centres, Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, CESIS. Leuphana Universitat Luneburg, Germany .ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6058-4536
2016 (English)In: Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik, ISSN 0021-4027, Vol. 236, no 2, 297-322 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

This paper uses a new tailor-made data set to investigate the differences in extensive and intensive margins of exports in manufacturing firms from East Germany and West Germany. It documents that these margins do still differ in 2010, 20 years after the re-unification of Germany. West German firms outperform East German firms at all four margins of exports - they have a larger propensity to export, export a larger share of total sales, export more goods and export to a larger number of countries. All these differences are large from an economic point of view. A decomposition analysis shows that in 2010 between 59 percent and 78 percent of the difference in margins can be explained by differences in firm characteristics.

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Walter de Gruyter, 2016. Vol. 236, no 2, 297-322 p.
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decomposition analysis, East Germany, Export margins, West Germany
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Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-187299DOI: 10.1515/jbnst-2015-1011ISI: 000375040600007ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84960470014OAI: diva2:929628

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