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Network service deregulation and manufacturing exports in Greece

Daude, C. and C. de la Maisonneuve (2018), «Network service deregulation and manufacturing exports in Greece», OECD Economics Department Working Papers, No. 1474

Network sectors (energy, transport and communications) have undergone a process of liberalisation in Greece in more than a decade. This paper analyses the relationship between these reforms and the export performance of manufacturing industries. The analysis is based on firm-level data and performed between 1997 and 2013. An indicator of network sectors regulation is constructed which takes into account the manufacturing industry’s reliance on each upstream sector. We find that streamlining regulations in
network services in Greece has had an important positive impact on exports in downstream industries. Our estimates are robust to different specifications and estimation methods. In particular, this paper shows that the reforms would have a greater impact for firms with higher productivity.

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