Professional Development Seminar: Entering Global Value Chains: Do Trade Missions Work?


From: Thursday September 28, 2017, 12:30 pm

To: Thursday September 28, 2017, 1:30 pm

Entering Global Value Chains: Do Trade Missions Work?

We used matched firm-level data from the population of businesses in Australia to evaluate the impact that trade missions, operating 2010 to 2013, had on exports using a difference-in-difference method. We found that, on average, the missions increased participating firms’ exports within 12 months by at least 172 per cent. Furthermore, trade mission participation appeared to increase the probability of becoming an exporter within 12 months by 26 percentage points. The additional effect of undertaking a subsequent trade mission was smaller than the first mission but still positive and statistically significant.

About the speaker

Alfons Palangkaraya is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Transformative Innovation at Swinburne University of Technology. His research focuses on microeconometrics analysis of innovation, intellectual property rights protection, firm performance, and international trade. He has published in academic journals such as Research Policy, Rand Journal, and Review of Economics and Statistics. He is the leading chief investigator of two current Australian Research Council Grant projects: “The relationship between firm innovation and performance and the role of government” and “The role of branding and international trademarks in global value chains”. He has done an extensive amount of research consulting on program monitoring and impact evaluation in the areas of innovation and trade/globalisation policies for Australian government institutions and international organisations.


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