The firm-level innovation – productivity – exporting nexus: Disentangling the nature, direction and timing of the links

Ema Talam,

Innovation and exporting are two resource-intensive activities for firms. Firm-level productivity is a measure of firms’ performance and is expected to be a reflection of the relative success of a firm in performing a variety of different activities, including innovation and exporting. The nature of the relationship between these three complex phenomena is likely to be multi-faceted (Melitz and Redding, 2021). Not only is there a possibility of the presence of complex links between firm-level innovation, productivity and exporting; there is also a possibility that both firm-level and wider economy determinants of these three phenomena are shared. This paper aims to empirically explore the nature, direction and timing of the links between firm-level innovation, exporting and productivity.

About the speaker

Ema Talam is Lecturer in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Staffordshire University and PhD researcher in Economics at Staffordshire University interested in firm-level productivity, innovation and exporting, and public policy evaluation. The title of Ema's PhD research project is "Evaluating the potential of public policy to jointly promote firms' exporting and innovation". Ema completed her Master's degree in Economics at University of Ljubljana (Slovenia). She received the Preseren Award of the Faculty of Economics of University of Ljubljana for her Master's thesis, and the Award for academic achievement for outstanding academic achievement during her Master's degree.

Venue: via Zoom (please contact us at for the Zoom link)

Date: 11 November 2021

Time: 12:00 - 13:00  CEST