How Information and Communication Technologies Affect Intensive and Extensive Margins of Firm Exports: Evidence with Micro Data of South Asian Manufacturing Firms

Muhammad Luqman, Ghulam Murtaza, Rabia Nazir

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Abstract

International trade plays a pivotal role in growth and development. The use of ICT is profoundly changing the landscape for international trade and expands opportunities especially for developing countries. The key objective of this study is to investigate the effects of different ICT capacities on the extensive and intensive margins of firm-level exports using micro-data of manufacturing firms operating in selected South Asian countries. We employ the Probit and fractional response models as estimation techniques. Findings of the study reveal that different ICT capacities are positively associated with both the extensive and intensive margins of firm-level exports, and our results are robust to the alternative empirical specifications. These results have important implications for designing the export promotion policies in selected South Asian countries. Hence, policy practitioners in these countries should encourage firms to invest in ICT capacities to boost their export performance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-76
Number of pages19
JournalLahore Journal of Economics
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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