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Competitiveness and the export performance of the euro area


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  • Filippo di Mauro
  • Robert Anderton
  • Ekkehard Ernst
  • Laurent Maurin
  • Sonia Pokutova
  • Wim Melyn
  • Axel Jochem
  • N. M. Pakinezou
  • Javier Torres
  • Remy Lecat
  • Mark Cassidy
  • Roberto Tedeschi
  • Erik Walch
  • Jurriann Eggelte
  • Karin Wagner
  • Ildeberta Abreu
  • Helvi Kinnunen
  • Tobias Blattner
  • Roberto De Santis
  • Rodrigo Oliveira-Soires
  • Jian-Guang Shen
  • Matthias Sydow
  • Thomas Warmedinger
  • Tina Zumer
  • Iris Nelissen
  • Emanuelle Breda


Chapter 1 provides an overview and assessment of the price competitiveness and export performance of the euro area and the larger euro area countries, as well as an evaluation of how standard equations have been able to explain actual export developments. Chapter 2 carries out a constant market share analysis for the euro area and thereby sheds light on the reasons for movements in aggregate export market shares by looking at the sectoral and geographical composition of euro area exports. Chapter 3 looks at the evolution of the technological competitiveness of the euro area and major competitors – proxied by patenting activity and R&D expenditure – and analyses some structural indicators of competitiveness using survey data. Chapter 4 then looks at the impact of FDI on competitiveness and export performance. Finally, Chapter 5 summarises the main findings of the report, but also critically evaluates their importance and implications.

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Paper provided by European Central Bank in its series Occasional Paper Series with number 30.

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Length: 98 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2005
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Handle: RePEc:ecb:ecbops:20050030

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  1. Frederick L. Joutz & Stephan Danninger, 2007. "What Explains Germany's Rebounding Export Market Share?," IMF Working Papers, International Monetary Fund 07/24, International Monetary Fund.
  2. Panayiotis P. Athanasoglou & Ioanna C. Bardaka, 2008. "Price and Non - Price Competitiveness of Exports of Manufactures," Working Papers, Bank of Greece 69, Bank of Greece.
  3. Jochem, Axel, 2008. "International financial competitiveness and incentives to foreign direct investment," Discussion Paper Series 1: Economic Studies, Deutsche Bundesbank, Research Centre 2008,29, Deutsche Bundesbank, Research Centre.
  4. Holger Zemanek & Ansgar Belke & Gunther Schnabl, 2009. "Current Account Imbalances and Structural Adjustment in the Euro Area: How to Rebalance Competitiveness," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 895, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
  5. George A. Zombanakis & Constantinos Stylianou & Andreas S. Andreou, 2009. "The Greek Current Account Deficit:Is it Sustainable after all?," Working Papers, Bank of Greece 98, Bank of Greece.
  6. Gaiotti, Eugenio, 2008. "Has globalisation changed the Phillips curve? Firm-level evidence on the effect of activity on prices," MPRA Paper 8389, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  7. Holger Zemanek & Ansgar Belke & Gunther Schnabl, 2010. "Current account balances and structural adjustment in the euro area," International Economics and Economic Policy, Springer, Springer, vol. 7(1), pages 83-127, May.
  8. Benjamin R. Mandel, 2012. "Why is the U.S. share of world merchandise exports shrinking?," Current Issues in Economics and Finance, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, vol. 18(Feb).
  9. Ca' Zorzi, Michele & Schnatz, Bernd, 2007. "Explaining and forecasting euro area exports: which competitiveness indicator performs best?," Working Paper Series, European Central Bank 0833, European Central Bank.
  10. Raphaël Chiappini, 2010. "Dynamique des spécialisations et performances commerciales des pays d'Europe centrale et orientale (PECO)," Working Papers, HAL hal-00637591, HAL.
  11. Sebastian Gundel, 2008. "Declining german export prices due to increased competition from newly industrializing countries - evidence from germany and the ceecs," Prague Economic Papers, University of Economics, Prague, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2008(1), pages 3-22.


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