Productivity effects of internationalisation through the domestic supply chain

Bruno Merlevede, Angelos Theodorakopoulos*

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This paper investigates productivity effects for a given firm resulting from the import or export of intermediate inputs by domestic upstream and downstream industries. With the use of manufacturing firms in 19 EU countries over the period 2000–2014, we find that domestic access to intermediate inputs that are also exported leads to higher levels of revenue productivity. The effect appears as more prominent for firms with nonforeign ownership and in relatively downstream, low-tech or labour-intensive industries. Subsequent exploration of mechanisms uncovers patterns consistent with learning by exporting on the part of upstream supplying industries that generates positive productivity spillovers to downstream firms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)808-832
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Applied Econometrics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 23 Aug 2021

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Merlevede, B., & Theodorakopoulos, A. (2021). Productivity Effects of Internationalisation through the Domestic Supply Chain. Journal of Applied Econometrics, 36( 6), 808–832, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions. This article may not be enhanced, enriched or otherwise transformed into a derivative work, without express permission from Wiley or by statutory rights under applicable legislation. Copyright notices must not be removed, obscured or modified. The article must be linked to Wiley’s version
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