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Export behaviour of SMEs in transition countries

Gashi, Petrit and Hashi, Iraj and PUGH, Geoffrey (2014) Export behaviour of SMEs in transition countries. Small Business Economics, 42 (2). pp. 407-435. ISSN 0921-898X

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Melitz's dynamic model of export participation is the basis of our empirical specification that accounts for a wide range of internal and external factors affecting the export
behaviour of SMEs in Transition Countries (TCs). Using firm-level data, our estimates highlight the particular importance of the human and technology-related factors to the export behaviour of SMEs in TCs. Other important factors for SME exporting activities are productivity-enhancing spillovers from industry - especially vertical - linkages, firm size, ownership type, type of activity, the availability of external finance, networking through business associations, and market share. In addition, significant period and country differences are identified. This paper contributes to the transition literature by
filling an important gap in the understanding of the SME internationalisation process and by identifying a comprehensive set of variables to explain firms' export behaviour in TCs.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Springer US in Small Business Economics, February 2014, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp 407-435. In addition to the full text, appended material includes the authors’ responses to the final round of refereeing, correlation matrixes (not reported in the paper) and Stata syntax for the data imputation referred to in the paper.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Export behaviour • SMEs • Transition countries • Melitz’s dynamic model • Spillovers • Multiple imputation.
Subjects: L100 Economics
N100 Business studies
N200 Management studies
Faculty: Previous Faculty of Business, Education and Law > Business
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Depositing User: Geoff PUGH
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2016 16:33
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2016 16:33
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/2261

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