Is there evidence of learning-by-exporting in Turkish manufacturing industries?

Mahmut Yasar, Philip Garcia, Carl Nelson, Roderick Rejesus

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Exporting has always been thought of as one tool to improve productivity and, consequently, to spur economic growth in low- to middle-income economies. However, empirical evidence of this so-called 'learning-by-exporting' effect has been limited. This article determines whether learning-by-exporting is evident in two Turkish manufacturing sectors - the textile and apparel (T&A) and the motor vehicle and parts (MV&P) industries. A semi-parametric estimator that controls for problems associated with simultaneity and unobserved plant heterogeneity is used to test the learning-by-exporting hypothesis. After controlling for these issues, our results suggest statistically stronger learning-by-exporting effects in the T&A than in the MV&P industry. The highly concentrated and capital-intensive nature of the MV&P industry is the main reason for the lower learning-by-exporting effect in this sector. From a policy perspective, this implies that targeting export-enhancing policies to industries with significant learning-by-exporting effects may lead to more productivity gains and would better stimulate an export-led growth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)293-305
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Review of Applied Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2007


  • Heterogeneity
  • Learning-by-exporting
  • Productivity
  • Trade liberalization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics


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