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Internationalization and economic performance of enterprises: evidence from firm-level data

Hagemejer, Jan and Kolasa, Marcin (2008): Internationalization and economic performance of enterprises: evidence from firm-level data.

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Abstract

This paper provides evidence on the relative performance of internationalized firms using Polish firm-level data spanning over the period of 1996-2005. We distinguish between three modes of internationalization: exporting, importing of capital goods and foreign direct investment. Our results point strongly at superior performance of exporters vs. non-exporters importers vs. non-importers and foreign affiliates vs. domestic firms. We also find evidence for significant horizontal and backward productivity spillovers from all three types of international activity.

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