Review of World Economics

, 140:496

On the microstructure of the german export boom: Evidence from establishment panel data, 1995–2002

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DOI: 10.1007/BF02665986

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Joachim, W. Rev World Econ (2004) 140: 496. doi:10.1007/BF02665986


This paper uses an unbalanced panel data set for exporting firms from manufacturing industries in one German federal state, Lower Saxony, to investigate the microstructure of the recent export boom. Looking at data for 1995/96–2001/02 it is demonstrated that a considerable number of plants start and stop exporting in each year, but that most of the export dynamics is due to positive and negative changes of exports in plants that continue exporting. A small fraction made of 4–5 percent of all exporting plants is responsible for around 70 to 80 percent of the gross increase in exports. Firms with expanding and contracting exports are found simultaneously in all broad sectors, technology classes and firm size classes. Patterns of export behavior differ widely between the plants over the periods investigated. JEL no. F14, E32


Exportsbusiness cycleestablishment panel data

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of EconomicsUniversity of LueneburgLueneburgGermany