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Productivity and Microeconomic Reforms: Strengthening EU Competitiveness

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  • Isabel Grilo

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  • Gert Koopman
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    This paper argues that standards of living are a meaningful measure of competitiveness. It views comparisons with the performance of other regions, and in particular with the US, as an evaluation of the distance to the “technology frontier” and the potential for improvements. Productivity and external competitiveness developments are reviewed from a sectoral perspective. A forward looking dimension is given by a brief presentation of the revised “Lisbon Strategy” and the new industrial policy approach proposed by the European Commission. Copyright Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2006

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade.

    Volume (Year): 6 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 2 (June)
    Pages: 67-84

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:jincot:v:6:y:2006:i:2:p:67-84

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    Keywords: competitiveness; productivity; Lisbon strategy; O40; F14; C68 (or D58);

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    1. Olivier Blanchard, 2004. "The Economic Future of Europe," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 18(4), pages 3-26, Fall.
    2. Bas Jacobs, 2005. "Simulating the Lisbon skills targets in WorldScan," CPB Memorandum 135, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.
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    1. Karl Aiginger, 2006. "Competitiveness: From a Dangerous Obsession to a Welfare Creating Ability with Positive Externalities," Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, Springer, vol. 6(2), pages 161-177, June.
    2. Karl Aiginger & Susanne Bärenthaler-Sieber & Johanna Vogel, 2013. "Competitiveness under New Perspectives," WWWforEurope Working Papers series 44, WWWforEurope.
    3. Christoph Böhringer & Victoria Alexeeva-Talebi, 2011. "Unilateral climate policy and competitiveness: The implications of differential emission pricing," Working Papers V-338-11, University of Oldenburg, Department of Economics, revised Jun 2011.

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