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This article investigates whether exporting firms are more likely to introduce product innovations thanks to their involvement in foreign markets.

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This is important as a firm's engagement in foreign markets may improve its competitiveness by raising its innovative capacity. We seek to address potential selection issues (exporters being ex-ante also more innovative) by using measures of industry–province firm distances from their most likely export markets, and of these export markets’ potentials. Our analysis provides robust evidence of "learning by exporting" effects on firm innovation.

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This page is a summary of: Are Exporters More Likely to Introduce Product Innovations?, World Economy, November 2012, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9701.2012.01453.x.
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