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Volumen: 2011-R04 (ENG)

English // ISBN/ISSN: 2011-R04WPS // Keywords: exports, services, firm-level evidence, Spain, productivity, heterogeneity.




Using unique firm-level data, we analyze the characteristics of services exporters in one of world's most important services traders: Spain. Our paper shows that only a small percentage of firms participate in services export; moreover, exports represent a small share of total turnover for traders. We also find that exporters have a premium over non-exporters in size, sales, labor productivity and differentiation level. These variables also play an important role in determining firms' participation in the export market and in firms' export intensity. Our results show that exporters where already more productive than other firms before starting to export. We do not find evidence that exporting increases firms' productivity.