Migrant networks and the export performance of Portuguese firms

Fixed costs associated with learning about demand and setting up distribution networks are expected to be lower when there are more potential contacts in the destination market, suggesting a greater probability of market entry and larger export revenues. This paper matches historically-determined emigration stocks with detailed firm-level data from Portugal to examine the effect of… Continue reading Migrant networks and the export performance of Portuguese firms

Successful exporters learn about external demand and deliver on product quality

How and why firms become successful exporters? To answer this question, the paper examines the joint evolution of export revenue, and input and output prices over the firm’s life cycle. Using detailed micro data from the Portuguese manufacturing sector, the paper finds that export revenue tends to rise with experience in export destinations, and that successful firms… Continue reading Successful exporters learn about external demand and deliver on product quality

The effect of competition by Chinese exports in international markets on the Portuguese labour market

Chinese exports may affect a given country directly through intensifying competition in the domestic market, but also indirectly in foreign markets where firms from that country compete with Chinese exports. In fact, the large export market share gains of China in low-tech, low-skill products, like textiles, clothing, footwear, and electric appliances, were accompanied by losses… Continue reading The effect of competition by Chinese exports in international markets on the Portuguese labour market