The Great Export Recovery in German Manufacturing Industries, 2009/2010

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This paper uses comprehensive high-quality panel data from official statistics for exporting enterprises to investigate the micro-structure of the recent export recovery in 2010 in manufacturing industries in Germany after the great recession of 2008/ 2009. Almost all of the increase in exports was due to positive changes of exports in firms that continue to export (i. e. at the so-called intensive margin) while the increase of exports due to export starters (at the so-called extensive margin) was tiny. It is shown that very large firms played a decisive role in shaping the export recovery. These findings are remarkably symmetric to the results from an analysis of the great export collapse of 2008/09.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJahrbuch für Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)325-340
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2013

    Research areas

  • Economics - exports, great export recovery, granular economy, Germany