DP9016 Cross-Border and Foreign-Affiliate Sales of Services: Evidence From German Micro-Data
|Author(s):||Markus Kelle, Jörn Kleinert, Horst Raff, Farid Toubal|
|Publication Date:||June 2012|
|Keyword(s):||commercial presence, firm heterogeneity, foreign direct investment, international trade, multinational enterprises, supply modes, trade in services|
|JEL(s):||F12, F15, L13|
|Programme Areas:||International Trade and Regional Economics|
|Link to this Page:||cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=9016|
We merge German balance-of-payments and foreign-affiliate-trade statistics to obtain data about trade in commercial services at the firm level. We use these data to study export market participation and the choice of export mode: cross-border versus foreign-affiliate sales. We find that for firms in our sample productivity is both a statistically significant and economically important determinant of the export participation and export mode choice. We also identify the role of industry- and country-specific determinants.