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How Do “Neighbors” Affect the Export Survival of Chinese Firms?A Perspective of Information Spillover

【Authors】
LIU Hui & QI Jianhong
【WorkUnit】
LIU Hui(Shandong University of Finance and Economics,250014)
QI Jianhong(Shandong University,250002)
【Abstract】

Export uncertainty is an important reason for the high exit rate and short export duration of Chinese firms in new combination export. In view of this fact,this paper constructs the model to analyze the effect of “neighbors” on exporters‘ survival,and then utilizes the intermediary effect method to test the “neighbor effect” on the firms' survival from the perspective of information spillover by using the data from Chinese Industrial Enterprise Database and China's Customs Database between 2000 and 2009. The results show that “neighbors” can reduce the export uncertainty through information spillover,but this effect is less than 20% of the total effect of the “neighbors”. Besides,the “neighbors” information spillover effect shows the notable attributes of being “local” and “specific” and “the same type preference”. In other words,when the spatial distance between the “neighbors” and the firms is small,their export behavior is similar and the two are under the same type of ownership,the “neighbors” tend to have a greater effect on the firms' export survival through information spillover.

JEL:D81,D83

【KeyWords】
Uncertainty,Information Spillover,“Neighbors”, Export Survival