Making one's own way: jumping ahead in the capability space and exporting among Indian firms

M. Grazzi*, N. Mathew, D. Moschella

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The paper provides large scale evidence on the determinants of international competitiveness of Indian manufacturing firms, focusing in particular on the role of technology, costs and imported intermediate inputs. Our evidence suggests that innovation, in particular R&D investment, is positively related to both firms' probability to export and firms' export volumes. We also find that imported intermediate inputs, incorporating foreign technology is strongly associated with expanding export activities of firms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)931-957
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Evolutionary Economics
Issue number3
Early online date6 Feb 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021
Externally publishedYes

JEL classifications

  • o32 - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D


  • capabilities
  • firms&#8217
  • imported inputs
  • india
  • innovation
  • productivity sorting
  • trade policy
  • Imported inputs
  • Productivity sorting
  • India
  • Innovation
  • Trade policy
  • Firms&#8217

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