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The role of services for firms' export performance
Örebro University, Swedish Business School at Örebro University.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0149-9598
2011 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Manufacturing firms are increasingly focusing on services. This trend is evident in their composition of input, in-house production and seemingly also in total sale. Manufacturing firms’ services intensity is likely to affect productivity and thereby their competitiveness abroad. However, only bits and pieces of the relation between services and manufacturing’s export performance have been analysed in theoretical and empirical literature. This study contributes by discussing the role of services for the manufacturing firm, arriving at some conjectures and testing them empirically. Export intensity is regressed on two services parameters, applying a fractional Tobit model to a rich panel of firms in Sweden in the period 2001-2007. The microeconometric results indicate that there is an effect of services inputs, while controlling for covariates and firm heterogeneity. Raising the proportion of services in in-house production yields higher export intensity. Furthermore, buying-in more services seems to affect export intensity positively although the effect is smaller than for in-house services. Overall, the study provides new firm-level evidence of the importance of services as an input into manufacturing. By using more services, the manufacturing firm may become more competitive internationally.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011.
Keywords [en]
firm, export intensity, manufacturing, services, intangibles, innovation
National Category
Economics
Research subject
Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-20558OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-20558DiVA, id: diva2:464380
Conference
Nationell konferens i nationalekonomi, Uppsala 2011
Available from: 2011-12-13 Created: 2011-12-13 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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