Annual Forum Papers

Growth, Learning, Entry and Exit among African Exporters

  • Year: 2005
  • Author(s): Neil Rankin, Mans Soderbom and Francis Teal
  • Countries and Regions: South Africa

This paper investigates whether African manufacturing exporters are more productive than non-exporters and whether these productivity differences precede entry into the export market. We find at expoters are more productive but that productivity does not matter for entry into t export market - suggesting that learning by exporting is important. We investigate the nature this relationship and find that exporters donot have higher rates of productiity growth than non-exporters.