Productivity, Growth, and Internationalisation: The Case of German and British High Techs


Fryges, Helmut


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URL: http://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/929
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-9292
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2004
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: L86 L60 L25 F23 ,
Subject headings (SWD): Deutschland , Großbritannien , Spitzentechnologie , Internationalisierung , Produktivität
Abstract: International engagement is often expected to improve firm performance. Especially for small technology-oriented firms, export activities may be important, being regarded as one way to amortise these firms' high product research and development costs. This paper examines the relationship between international business activities and firm performance using a sample of about 200 young high-tech firms in Germany and the UK that were contacted by two surveys in 1997 and 2003. I find out that the performance enhancing effects of internationalisation that were still observed in 1997 are in fact restricted to an early stage of the firms' life cycles and disappear when technology-oriented firms become mature. The results are in line with many other studies: Firms exhibiting superior performance are or will become exporters.
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