On the Micro-Structure of the German Export Boom: Evidence from Establishment Panel Data, 1995-2002

19 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2003

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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

Date Written: September 2003

Abstract

This paper uses an unbalanced panel data set for exporting firms from manufacturing industries in one German federal state, Lower Saxony, to investigate the micro-structure of the recent export boom. Looking at data for 1995/96 to 2001/02 it is demonstrated that a considerable number of plants starts and stops exporting in each year, but that most of the export dynamics is due to positive and negative changes of exports in plants that continue to export. A small fraction made of four to five percent of all exporting plants is responsible for around 70 to 80 percent of the gross increase in exports. Firms with expanding and contracting exports are found simultaneously in all broad sectors, technology classes and firm size classes. Patterns of export behavior differ widely between the plants over the periods investigated.

Keywords: Exports, business cycle, establishment panel data

JEL Classification: F14, E32

Suggested Citation

Wagner, Joachim, On the Micro-Structure of the German Export Boom: Evidence from Establishment Panel Data, 1995-2002 (September 2003). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=462661 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.462661

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