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Type Journal Article - The World Economy
Title Export Premium, Self-selection and Learning-by-Exporting: Evidence from Chinese Matched Firms
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Volume 33
Issue 10
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2010
Page numbers 1218-1240
URL https://ideas.repec.org/a/bla/worlde/v33y2010i10p1218-1240.html
Abstract
THERE has been considerable theoretical and empirical research in the literature
on exporting and firm performance. Analysis of theoretical studies
with a microeconomic perspective on international trade shows that one could
distinguish three research streams. The traditional or old theories of international
trade (Ricardo, 1817; Heckscher, 1919; Ohlin, 1933) are built on the
concept of comparative advantage, under which it is beneficial for the flow of
goods between countries; the new trade theories propose that there are economies
of scale and consumer tastes or preferences in the flow of goods between
countries (Krugman, 1980; Helpman, 1981; Helpman and Krugman, 1985); and
the heterogeneous-firm trade theories introduce the inter-firm reallocation and
industry productivity growth in the trade model by especially emphasising the
importance of firm heterogeneity in generating international trade (Bernard
et al., 2003; Melitz, 2003; Helpman et al., 2004; Bernard et al., 2007; Melitz
and Ottaviano, 2008).

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