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Exports' quality-adjusted productivity and economic growth

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  • Asier Minondo
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    According to recent studies, countries specialised in products associated with higher productivity levels are likely to grow faster than countries specialised in other goods. A limitation of these studies is that they do not control for quality differences within a product category when measuring goods' productivity level. In this paper we show that if products are distinguished by quality level there is no longer a robust relationship between specialising in products associated with higher productivity levels and faster growth. On the contrary, we find it is the specialisation in products that allow a larger room for quality improvement that leads to higher economic growth.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal The Journal of International Trade & Economic Development.

    Volume (Year): 19 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 257-287

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    Keywords: productivity; exports; growth;

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