Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Comparative Advantage, Firm Heterogeneity, and Selection of Exporters

This investigation explores how a country's fraction of exporting domestic firms differs across industries, depending on a country's comparative advantage. The author shows that a country's share of exporters can be explained by an industry's intensity of production resources with which the country is endowed. The author's empirical finding demonstrates that a country with a higher abundance of skilled labor has a higher correlation between the shares of exporters in domestic firms and industry skill intensities.

Additional Info

  • Volume or issue no.: La Follette School Working Paper No. 2010-005
  • Author(s): Isao Kamata