Title: Can Belgian Firms cope with the Chinese Dragon and the Asian Tigers? The Export Performance of Multi-Product Firms on Foreign Markets
Other Titles: Working Paper Series, National Bank of Belgium, no. 204
Authors: Van Hove, Jan
Abraham, Filip
Issue Date: 2010
Abstract: Exporting firms are affected in many ways by competition on foreign markets. This paper focuses on the impact of Asian competition on the bilateral export performance of Belgian firms, controlling for firmlevel as well as destination-market characteristics. Export performance is measured in several ways, including the export intensity, the variety and quality of trade as well as the export intensity growth. Export performance appears to differ substantially across firms, across sectors and across destination markets. Our overall results indicate that both the export intensity and variety of Belgian firms’ exports are reduced by Asian competition. Especially the competitive pressure caused by mainland China and Hong Kong is strong. The competitive pressure is intense in labour-intensive sectors but also felt in a wide range of activities with a higher value added. Belgian exporters cope with foreign competition by following a variety-expansion or a quality-upgrading strategy.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IR
Appears in Collections:Department of Economics, Leuven - miscellaneous
Research Center of International Economics, Leuven
Research Centre for Globalization, Innovation and Competition, Campus Brussels (-)
Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) - miscellaneous
Department of ECON-CEDON, Campus Brussels

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