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Sectoral differences in determinants of export intensity

Mac An Bhaird, Ciarán and Curran, Declan (2016) Sectoral differences in determinants of export intensity. Journal of Business Economics and Management, 17 (2). pp. 299-313. ISSN 2029-4433

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This study investigates firm characteristic determinants of export intensity in small firms. The originality of our approach is a comparative analysis of export intensity between firms in the computer software and manufacturing sectors, using a quasi-maximum likelihood estimation to test for the correct specification of the conditional mean model. Results indicate that larger, younger firms have greater export intensity in the computer software sector than in manufacturing. Research and development expenditure is equally important for export intensity in both sectors, but patent income is not significant. Sourcing managerial advice and expertise from the national development agency is important for firms in the manufacturing industry, but not for computer software firms. It is therefore important for export promotion organisations to publicise supports, as a few small firms are aware of their availability. Our findings are especially valuable for policy makers concerned with low levels of export intensity among small firms.

Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Internationalisation; Innovation; Export promotion organisations; Fractional regression modell Computer software; Manufacturing
Subjects:Business > Industries
Business > Economic policy
Business > Commerce
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > Fiontar
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
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Copyright Information:© 2016 Taylor & Francis. This is an electronic version of an article published in Journal of Business Economics and Management
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:21143
Deposited On:14 Apr 2016 10:29 by Ciaran MacAnbhaird. Last Modified 08 Sep 2017 01:02

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