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Competitiveness in the Southern Euro Area

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  • Bogdan Lissovolik
  • Julio Escolano
  • Stefania Fabrizio
  • Werner Schule
  • Herman Z. Bennett
  • Stephen Tokarick
  • Yuan Xiao
  • Marialuz Moreno Badia
  • Eva Gutierrez
  • Iryna V. Ivaschenko

Abstract

This collection of studies analyzes developments in nonprice external competitiveness of France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. While France, Italy, and Portugal have experienced substantial export market share losses, Greece and Spain performed relatively well. Export market share losses appear associated with rigidities in resource allocation (sectoral, geographical, technological) relative to peers and lower productivity gains in high value-added sectors. Disaggregated analysis of goods and services export markets provides insights on aspects such as quality, market concentration, growth of destination markets, and geographical and sectoral diversification. Also, increased import penetration, offshoring and FDI could improve productivity and export performance.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 08/112.

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Length: 114
Date of creation: 01 Apr 2008
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:08/112

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Keywords: Foreign direct investment; Productivity; Markets; Foreign investment; Exchange rates; Resource allocation; export market; services exports; export growth; export markets; export market share; terms of trade; export unit; export performance; export structure; export market shares; value of exports; real effective exchange rate; exports of goods; export share; exporters; world trade; international markets; export data; export sectors; world export market; market entry; world export market share; goods export; quality of exports; domestic demand; world exports; import penetration; trade patterns; export shares; increased export; trade changes; industry trade; export specialization; trade shocks; global trade; export revenue; international trade; world demand; diversification of exports; trade partners; domestic production; investment flows; transport services; world market; terms of trade shocks; technology exports; trade effects; price of exports; trade expansion; regional trade; growing export; external trade; global markets; country of destination;

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  1. Menzie Chinn, 2006. "A Primer on Real Effective Exchange Rates: Determinants, Overvaluation, Trade Flows and Competitive Devaluation," Open Economies Review, Springer, Springer, vol. 17(1), pages 115-143, January.
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Cited by:
  1. Florence Jaumotte & Piyaporn Sodsriwiboon, 2010. "Current Account Imbalances in the Southern Euro Area," IMF Working Papers 10/139, International Monetary Fund.
  2. Ruo Chen & Gian-Maria Milesi-Ferretti & Thierry Tressel, 2012. "External Imbalances in the Euro Area," IMF Working Papers 12/236, International Monetary Fund.
  3. Nicholas Crafts, 2013. "Long-Term Growth in Europe: What Difference does the Crisis Make?," National Institute Economic Review, National Institute of Economic and Social Research, National Institute of Economic and Social Research, vol. 224(1), pages R14-R28, May.
  4. Crafts, Nicholas, 2012. "Western Europe's Growth Prospects: an Historical Perspective," CEPR Discussion Papers, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers 8827, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  5. Hartmut Egger & Etzel Daniel & Hagen Lesch & Holger Zernanek & Christoph Moser, 2011. "Braucht Europa eine Koordinierung der nationalen Lohnpolitiken?," Ifo Schnelldienst, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 64(02), pages 03-15, 02.
  6. Nicos Christodoulakis & Vassilis Sarantides, 2011. "External asymmetries in the euro area and the role of foreign direct investment," Working Papers, Bank of Greece 132, Bank of Greece.
  7. Athanasoglou, Panayiotis, 2011. "The role of product variety and quality and of domestic supply in foreign trade," MPRA Paper 32034, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  8. Jules Leichter & Cristina Mocci & Stefania Pozzuoli, . "Measuring External Competitiveness:An Overview," Working Papers, Department of the Treasury, Ministry of the Economy and of Finance 2, Department of the Treasury, Ministry of the Economy and of Finance.
  9. Jacopo Costa & Roberto Ricciuti, 2013. "Sources for the Euro Crisis: Bad Regulation and Weak Institutions in Peripheral Europe," Working Papers, University of Verona, Department of Economics 15/2013, University of Verona, Department of Economics.

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