International Trade and Firm Performance: A Survey of Empirical Studies Since 2006

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Joachim Wagner

University of Lueneburg - Institute of Economics; Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Max Planck Institute for Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

The literature on international trade and firm performance grows exponentially. This paper attempts to summarize what we learn from this literature to guide both future empirical and theoretical work in this area, and public debates and policy makers, in an evidence-based way. The focus is on the empirical part of the literature that consists of recently published papers using data for firms from manufacturing or services industries to study the links between international trade (exports and imports) and dimensions of firm performance (productivity, wages, profitability and survival). It discusses recent add-ons to the box of tools for empirical investigation in this field and suggests topics for future research.

Keywords: international trade, firm performance, empirical studies, survey

JEL Classification: F14

Suggested Citation

Wagner, Joachim, International Trade and Firm Performance: A Survey of Empirical Studies Since 2006. IZA Discussion Paper No. 5916, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1918234

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