Review of World Economics

, Volume 144, Issue 4, pp 660–694

Self-Selection and Post-Entry Effects of Exports: Evidence from Italian Manufacturing Firms


DOI: 10.1007/s10290-008-0165-9

Cite this article as:
Serti, F. & Tomasi, C. Rev World Econ (2008) 144: 660. doi:10.1007/s10290-008-0165-9


Our paper adds empirical evidence on the causal effects of exporting on firms’ performances. Using a rich database on Italian manufacturing firms, we test the self-selection and the post-entry effects hypotheses with respect to various firms’ characteristics. Our analysis supports the idea that the superior performance of the exporters is due not only to a market selection mechanism, but also to efficiency improvements following the export activity. We find heterogeneous post-entry effects with respect to characteristics as geographical location, size and sector. To test the post-entry hypothesis we implement the propensity score matching and differences-in-differences techniques.


Self-selection post-entry effects export matching 

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© Kiel Institute 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of AlicanteAlicanteSpain
  2. 2.University of UrbinoUrbinoItaly
  3. 3.LEM, Scuola Superiore S.AnnaPisaItaly