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Productivity and Internationalization: A Micro-Data Approach

  • Peter A. G. van Bergeijk
  • Fabienne Fortanier
  • Harry Garretsen
  • Henri L. F. de GrootEmail author
  • Selwyn J. V. Moons
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An appropriate analysis of the effects of globalization requires a careful analysis of the various ways in which different firms operate in international markets. Micro data at the level of individual firms and employees can enhance our empirical understanding of the relationships between internationalization, firms, jobs and employees. These micro data become increasingly available. This paper provides an introduction to this special issue that illustrates the wide variation, richness and policy relevance of the emerging micro data driven research on the effects of internationalization and productivity.


Globalization International trade Productivity Micro data Firm heterogeneity 

JEL Classification

D20 F10 F14 F21 L10 O12 



Financial support of the Ministry of Economic Affairs is gratefully acknowledged. Also support from CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, CBS Statistics Netherlands, NICIS Institute and Janneke van der Meulen has been valuable in turning this initiative into a success. The views in this paper in no way reflect those of the institutes to which the authors are affiliated.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter A. G. van Bergeijk
    • 1
  • Fabienne Fortanier
    • 2
  • Harry Garretsen
    • 3
  • Henri L. F. de Groot
    • 4
    Email author
  • Selwyn J. V. Moons
    • 5
  1. 1.International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus UniversityThe HagueThe Netherlands
  2. 2.CBS Statistics NetherlandsThe HagueThe Netherlands
  3. 3.University of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Department of Spatial EconomicsVU University AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  5. 5.Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and InnovationThe HagueThe Netherlands

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