Export and Innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa

L. Barasa, B. Kinyanjui, Joris Knoben, P. Kimuyu, P.A.M. Vermeulen

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    Abstract

    Our study seeks to examine the bi-directional relationship between innovation and exporting in four countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. We hypothesize that there is a positive relationship between innovation and subsequent exporting, and that this relationship is mediated by market creation. We also hypothesize that there is a positive relationship between exporting and subsequent innovation, with customer feedback mediating this relation. We analyze firm-level data from a repeated cross-sectional survey design from the 2006/07 and 2013 World Bank Enterprise Surveys and 2013 Innovation Follow-up survey. Our results show that the relation between innovation and subsequent exporting is positive and significant. However, we find a positive but non-significant relation between exporting and subsequent innovation. These relations broadly nuance a bi-directional relationship between innovation and exporting. Furthermore, we find that market creation significantly mediates about 32.5% of the effect of innovation on subsequent exporting. Similarly but to a much larger extent, customer feedback is found to significantly mediate about 67.4%of the effect of exporting on subsequent innovation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationNijmegen
    PublisherRadboud University Nijmegen
    Pages35
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016

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    NameDFID Working Paper

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    Sub-Saharan Africa
    Innovation
    Exporting
    Firm-level data
    Survey design
    World Bank

    Keywords

    • innovation
    • exporting
    • market creation
    • customer feedback
    • mediation
    • Sub-Saharan Africa

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    Barasa, L., Kinyanjui, B., Knoben, J., Kimuyu, P., & Vermeulen, P. A. M. (2016). Export and Innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa. (pp. 35). (DFID Working Paper). Nijmegen: Radboud University Nijmegen.
    Barasa, L. ; Kinyanjui, B. ; Knoben, Joris ; Kimuyu, P. ; Vermeulen, P.A.M. / Export and Innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa. Nijmegen : Radboud University Nijmegen, 2016. pp. 35 (DFID Working Paper).
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    Barasa, L, Kinyanjui, B, Knoben, J, Kimuyu, P & Vermeulen, PAM 2016 'Export and Innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa' DFID Working Paper, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, pp. 35.

    Export and Innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa. / Barasa, L.; Kinyanjui, B.; Knoben, Joris; Kimuyu, P.; Vermeulen, P.A.M.

    Nijmegen : Radboud University Nijmegen, 2016. p. 35 (DFID Working Paper).

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    Barasa L, Kinyanjui B, Knoben J, Kimuyu P, Vermeulen PAM. Export and Innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa. Nijmegen: Radboud University Nijmegen. 2016 Nov, p. 35. (DFID Working Paper).