n Studies in Economics and Econometrics - Determinants of manufacturing exports : results from a regional firm-level survey in South Africa

Volume 29, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0379-6205


This paper uses data from a firm-level survey of 135 manufacturing firms in South Africa between 1999 and 2001 to identify the determinants of exports of manufacturing firms in South Africa. The sample was chosen to include a region of South Africa where manufacturing firms were particularly subject to adjustment shocks over the past six years. It is determined that large and very large firms are more likely to export. A regression model found that there is some evidence that larger firms are more likely to export than smaller firms, and that exporters are more efficient than non-exporters. Moreover, it would appear that exporting at any scale is only a real possibility for firms if they have achieved a sufficient level of efficiency.

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