Empirical Economics

, Volume 44, Issue 1, pp 329–354 | Cite as

Endogenous product versus process innovation and a firm’s propensity to export

  • Sascha O. BeckerEmail author
  • Peter H. Egger
Original Paper


This article provides an empirical analysis of the effects of new product versus process innovations on export propensity at the firm level. Product innovation is a key factor for successful market entry in models of creative destruction and Schumpeterian growth. Process innovation helps securing a firm’s market position given the characteristics of its product supply. Both modes of innovation are expected to raise a firm’s propensity to export. According to new trade theory, we conjecture that product innovation is relatively more important in that regard. We investigate these hypotheses in a rich survey panel data set with information about new innovations of either type. With a set of indicators regarding innovation motives and impediments and continuous variables at the firm and industry level at hand, we may determine the probability of launching new innovations and their impact on export propensity at the firm level through a double treatment approach.


Product innovation Process innovation Propensity to export Multiple treatment effects estimation 

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F1 O3 L1 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Stirling Management SchoolUniversity of StirlingStirlingUK
  2. 2.KOF, ETH ZurichZurichSwitzerland

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