A1 - Maria Bas
TI - Does Services Liberalization Affect Manufacturing Firms' Export Performance? Evidence from India
IS - 2013-17
T3 - Working Papers
KW - Services liberalization
KW - manufacturing firms’ export performance
KW - firm heterogeneity
KW - firm level data
N2 - This paper investigates the relationship between the reform of energy, telecommunications and transport services in India in the mid-1990s and manufacturing firms’ export performance. The empirical analysis relies on exogenous indicators of regulation of Indian services sectors and detailed firm-level data from India in the 1994-2004 period. I find that the reform of upstream services sector has increased the probability of exporting and export sales shares of firms producing in downstream manufacturing industries. The results suggest that the effect of services liberalization on manufacturing firms’ export performance is stronger for initially more productive firms. These empirical findings are robust to alternative econometric specifications that control for other reforms, industry, firm characteristics and that deal with potential reverse causality concerns.
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