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Structure and performance of the service sector in transition economies

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  • Ana M. Fernandes

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This paper examines the performance of the service sector in the Eastern European transition economies during the 1997-2004 period. The performance of the service sector as a whole and of its sub-sectors is very heterogeneous within the region. Service sub-sectors that are information and communications technology producers or users and those using skilled labour more intensively exhibit the highest labour productivity growth. Our estimates show a positive and significant effect of liberalization on service labour productivity growth that is stronger for sub-sectors that are more distant from the technological frontier. Service liberalization is also shown to have a positive effect on labour productivity levels and growth of downstream manufacturing industries. Copyright (c) 2009 The Author. Journal compilation (c) 2009 The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

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Article provided by The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in its journal Economics of Transition.

Volume (Year): 17 (2009)
Issue (Month): 3 (07)
Pages: 467-501

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