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Persistence vs. Mobility in Industrial and Technological Specialisations: Evidence from 11 Euro Area Countries

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  • Raphaël Chiappini

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This paper analyses the evolution of the specialisation pattern of 11 Euro area countries by analysing their comparative and technological advantages over the period 1990-2008. Using the estimation of marginal densities and Markov transition probabilities, we examine both the external shape of the distribution of technological and comparative advantages and the intra-distribution dynamics. Our results point out that there is, on average, a high persistence in industrial specialisation patterns of the 11 Euro area countries under scrutiny, con rming a lock-in e ect, notably for Italy. Nevertheless, our results related to technological specialisation reveal a large mobility of technological advantages during the same period, especially in Spain.

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Paper provided by Groupe de REcherche en Droit, Economie, Gestion (GREDEG CNRS), University of Nice Sophia Antipolis in its series GREDEG Working Papers with number 2013-01.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2013
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Publication status: Forthcoming in Journal of Evolutionary Economics
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Keywords: specialisation dynamics; revealed comparative advantage; technological comparative advantage; transition probability; intra-distribution dynamics;

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