Policy Briefing

Persistence in exporting: cumulative and punctuated learning effects.

ERC Policy Briefing

Associated Themes
  • Internationalisation
  • Productivity and performance

Persistence in exporting matters, because firms with continuous exposure to export markets derive greater benefit from exporting than do sporadic exporters. Conceptually, however, export persistence is poorly understood, and is typically explained by sunk costs leading to high export exit costs.