SMEs in Argentina: who are the exporters?

SMEs in Argentina: who are the exporters? There exists a growing body of literature which looks at export decisions made by firms. Most studies focus on developed countries and do not explore whether different behavioral patterns prevail over the firm size distribution. This paper aims at filling this gap in the literature by analyzing the export behavior of a statistically representative sample of 192 small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) in a developing country, Argentina, over the period 1996–1998. We find that the level of employment, sourcing from abroad, investment in product improvement, and average productivity are associated with higher probability of exporting. Training activities for employees are important to export outside of MERCOSUR. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Small Business Economics Springer Journals

SMEs in Argentina: who are the exporters?

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Publisher
Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2009 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
Subject
Business and Management; Management; Microeconomics; Entrepreneurship; Industrial Organization
ISSN
0921-898X
eISSN
1573-0913
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11187-009-9244-0
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Abstract

There exists a growing body of literature which looks at export decisions made by firms. Most studies focus on developed countries and do not explore whether different behavioral patterns prevail over the firm size distribution. This paper aims at filling this gap in the literature by analyzing the export behavior of a statistically representative sample of 192 small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) in a developing country, Argentina, over the period 1996–1998. We find that the level of employment, sourcing from abroad, investment in product improvement, and average productivity are associated with higher probability of exporting. Training activities for employees are important to export outside of MERCOSUR.

Journal

Small Business EconomicsSpringer Journals

Published: Nov 24, 2009

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