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Revealed comparative advantage and competitiveness in services: A study with special emphasis on developing countries


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  • Belay Seyoum
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    Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to analyze the competitiveness of selected services: business, financial, transport and travel services in developing countries in relation to that of the rest of the world based on three indices of revealed comparative advantage. Design/methodology/approach – The study uses revealed comparative advantage (RCA) indices to measure developing countries' comparative advantages in selected services for the period 1998-2003. Findings – Strong comparative advantages exist for many developing countries in transport, and travel services. There is substantial room for improvement in financial and business services. Trade liberalization and lack of adequate preparation appears to have resulted in a weakening of their comparative advantages over the years. However, their revealed comparative advantages remain, by and large, stable and do not show a fundamental shift in the structure of their comparative advantages. Originality/value – There are no studies examining developing countries' comparative advantages in services. The findings and policy recommendations can be used by developing countries to improve the competitiveness of their service sectors.

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    Article provided by Emerald Group Publishing in its journal Journal of Economic Studies.

    Volume (Year): 34 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 5 (November)
    Pages: 376-388

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    Handle: RePEc:eme:jespps:v:34:y:2007:i:5:p:376-388

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    Keywords: Comparative tests; Competitive strategy; Developing countries; Services;


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    Cited by:
    1. Johan Fourie & Dieter von Fintel, 2009. "World Rankings of Comparative Advantage in Service Exports," Working Papers 03/2009, Stellenbosch University, Department of Economics.
    2. Oelgemöller, Jens, 2012. "Analyzing the international competitiveness of the industry in Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain using revealed comparative advantages (RCA) indicators," CAWM Discussion Papers 61, Center of Applied Economic Research Münster (CAWM), University of Münster.
    3. Marjan Sternad & Matjaz Safran & Darja Topolsek, 2012. "International Comparative Advantage In Transport Services: The Case Of Slovenia," Montenegrin Journal of Economics, Economic Laboratory for Transition Research (ELIT), vol. 8(1), pages 179-186.
    4. Jens Oelgemoeller, . "Analyzing the international competitiveness of the industry in Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain using revealed comparative advantages (RCA) indicators," Working Papers 201286, Institute of Spatial and Housing Economics, Munster Universitary.


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