We would like to thank two anonymous referees, Daniel Berretoni, and Néstor Stancanelli for valuable comments and suggestions. We also wish to thank Jerónimo Carballo and Ramiro Pascual for their excellent research assistance and Mariana Sobral de Elia for helpful editing assistance. No individual firm data are shown in this paper; in this way, the statistical secrecy is observed (Law 17.622). The views and interpretation in this document are strictly those of the authors and should not be attributed to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), its executive directors, its member countries, the Center for International Economics (CEI), or the Central Bank of Argentina (BCRA). Other usual disclaimers also apply.
ISO Standards: A Certificate to Expand Exports? Firm-Level Evidence from Argentina
Article first published online: 29 OCT 2010
© 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Review of International Economics
Volume 18, Issue 5, pages 896–912, November 2010
How to Cite
Martincus, C. V., Castresana, S. and Castagnino, T. (2010), ISO Standards: A Certificate to Expand Exports? Firm-Level Evidence from Argentina. Review of International Economics, 18: 896–912. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9396.2010.00915.x
- Issue published online: 29 OCT 2010
- Article first published online: 29 OCT 2010
Does standard adoption help firms in developing countries overcome information barriers and thereby perform better in international markets? What are the channels through which certification affects firms' exports, the intensive margin, or the extensive margin? We provide evidence on the impact of certification on export performance using a unique firm-level dataset for Argentina over the period 1998–2006. We find that ISO certification is associated with increased exports, along the extensive margin—primarily in terms of destination countries—and the intensive margin.