Does Trade Foster Employment Growth in Emerging Markets? Evidence from Turkey

Alessia Lo Turco, Daniela Maggioni*

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This work investigates the impact of importing, exporting, and two-way trading on firm labor demand in Turkish manufacturing. Adopting Multiple Propensity Score Matching techniques and Difference in Difference estimator, we support the positive internationalization impact on firm employment for an emergent country. Our evidence reveals the existence of complementarity effects between exports and imports, which is strengthened for high trade intensity firms. Furthermore, only high intensity exporting seems to promote the workforce skill upgrading in terms of an increase in the R&D worker share. The employment creation effect of firm internationalization reflects its large positive impact on firm production scale. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalWorld Development
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Employment
  • Exporter
  • Firm growth
  • Importer
  • Turkey
  • Two-way trader


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