Analysis of the Contribution of Productivity Components to the Formation of Competitiveness of Russian Exporters

Dmitry E. Kuznetsov – Researcher of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (Moscow, Russia). E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

On the basis of an analysis of the spatial variation of Russian export flows it is demonstrated that the heterogeneity of the specific competences of enterprises operating in the manufacturing industry exercised by them in the course of producing each type of goods makes a slightly greater contribution to the variation of export flows than does the heterogeneity of the factory-level performance levels. These results indicate that, in spite of the increasing role of information technologies in business process management, it is the technologies applied in the production of each type of goods that remain the most important factor responsible for shaping their competitiveness in global markets.

Key words: export, manufacturing, microdata, multiproduct firms, productivity, heterogeneous trade theory.