Ryo Makioka, 09 October 2019

Public export promotion agencies, which provide direct support to exporting firms, are used in many countries around the world. This column surveys the literature that examines the effects of export promotion policies using firm-level observational data. While empirical studies generally find a positive effect of such measures, many show differences in the pattern of effects depending on firm characteristics. The survey also suggests that bundled services combining multiple types of support – and the more direct measures, such as helping firms find distributors – are more effective.

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