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dc.contributor.authorForeman-Peck, James
dc.contributor.authorZhou, Peng
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-04T15:54:17Z
dc.date.available2016-02-04T15:54:17Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.citationForeman-Peck, J. and Zhou, P. (2015) 'Firm-Level Evidence for the Language Investment Effect on SME Exporters', Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 62 (4), pp. 351-377en_US
dc.identifier.issn0036-9292
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10369/7648
dc.descriptionThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Scottish Journal of Political Economy. The final published version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/sjpe.12072en_US
dc.description.abstractBoth analysis of international trade and the knowledge resource theory of the firm imply that language skills should play a vital role in exporting. This may be apparent to large multinationals with sites in many different linguistic locations, but we show it is less obvious to smaller companies. With data on the language used by each of a large sample of European small and medium sized enterprises in their export markets we test and estimate the effects of language assets on language performance in export markets and on export sales. Controlling for the possibility that language skills may be acquired by exporting, we find a very substantial export return to linguistic exper- tise, indicative of unexploited gains from investment in languages. There is also evi- dence of greater under-investment in language skills in English-speaking Europe, which we show can be a prediction of Konya’s (2006) trade model.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherJohn Wiley & Sons, Inc.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesScottish Journal of Political Economy
dc.rightsNon-Commercial use
dc.subjectInternationalisationen_US
dc.subjectLanguage skillsen_US
dc.subjectSMEsen_US
dc.titleFirm-Level Evidence for the Language Investment Effect on SME Exportersen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1111/sjpe.12072
dc.date.dateAccepted2015-02-24


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