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Product Variety and Economic Growth - Empirical Evidence for the OECD Countries

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  • Michael Funke

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Utilizing panel data for 19 OECD countries we find support for the hypothesis that a greater degree of product variety relative to the US helps to explain relative per capita GDP levels. The empirical work relies upon some direct measures of product variety calculated from 6-digit OECD export and import data. The econometric estimates indicate that the index of relative product variety is significantly correlated with relative per capita income levels.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 00/5.

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Date of creation: 01 Jan 2000
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