Journal of International Business Studies

, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp 267–286 | Cite as

Institutions, size and age in transition economies: Implications for export growth

  • George A Shinkle
  • Aldas P Kriauciunas


We consider the influence of economic institutions on firm performance by examining how size and age are related to export growth under different levels of free-market institutional development. Using a multi-country sample of Central and Eastern European firms, we test our predictions that size and age will have a positive diminishing relationship with export growth in transitional economies, but a U-shaped relationship in less advanced transitional economies. We find significant relationships largely in line with our predictions, demonstrating the importance of considering both economic institutions and firm characteristics when examining export growth.


institutions size age exports transition economies 



We appreciate the support of the University of Michigan Business School, the William Davidson Institute, CASE-Ukraine, the Central Securities Depository of Lithuania, the Institute for Market Economics, the Institute for Privatization and Management, and Kaunas Technological University, Romualdas Kriauciunas, Kevin Mumford, Mona Makhija, Xavier Martin, Klaus Meyer, Anne Parmigiani, Miguel Rivera-Santos, our editor Arjen van Witteloostuijn, and three anonymous JIBS reviewers.


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  • George A Shinkle
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  • Aldas P Kriauciunas
    • 1
  1. 1.Krannert School of Management, Purdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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