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ICT and exporting: the effects of broadband on the extensive margin of business service exports.

Kneller, Richard; Timmis, Jonathan


Jonathan Timmis


Over recent decades the global economy has witnessed rapid growth of international trade in services. This has been particularly true of service-intensive countries such as the UK. Developments in information and communication technologies are an obvious explanation for this. We provide empirical evidence for the effects of broadband use on the firm-extensive margin of UK service exports. To deal with the issue of causality we build a novel instrument that exploits exogenous variation in access to broadband technologies due to the historic telephone network. We find evidence for a causal effect from the internet on trade in business services, but no evidence for an effect on trade in services more generally.


Kneller, R., & Timmis, J. (2016). ICT and exporting: the effects of broadband on the extensive margin of business service exports. Review of International Economics, 24(4), 757-796.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 1, 2016
Online Publication Date Jun 15, 2016
Publication Date Sep 1, 2016
Deposit Date Apr 29, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jun 15, 2016
Journal Review of International Economics
Print ISSN 0965-7576
Electronic ISSN 1467-9396
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Issue 4
Pages 757-796
Keywords Broadband; Exports; Services; Instrumental variables
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Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Kneller, R. and Timmis, J. (2016), ICT and Exporting: The Effects of Broadband on the Extensive Margin of Business Service Exports. Review of International Economics, 24: 757–796. doi:10.1111/roie.12237, which has been published in final form at: This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.


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