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International Fragmentation of Production, Trade and Growth: Impacts and Prospects for EU Member States

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  • Neil Foster-McGregor

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    (The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw)

  • Robert Stehrer

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    (The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw)

  • Marcel Timmer

Abstract

There has been an ongoing trend towards increasing internationalisation of production over the past two decades or so. This implies that countries become more dependent on demand from foreign countries but also that countries and industries are able to source intermediates from different countries, an activity referred to as ‘offshoring’. Whereas the former aspect means an increasing dependency on foreign markets, the second aspect implies that countries and industries source at lower costs making them more productive and competitive. Using the World Input-Output Database (WIOD) we first provide an overview of these trends over the period 1995-2011 for 40 advanced and emerging countries with a specific focus on the EU as a whole and the individual EU member states. In the second part of the paper we show results from an econometric analysis to explain growth performance, focusing on the impacts of the increasing internationalisation of production.

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Paper provided by The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw in its series wiiw Research Reports with number 387.

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Length: 50 pages including 27 Tables and 14 Figures
Date of creation: May 2013
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Publication status: Published as wiiw Research Report
Handle: RePEc:wii:rpaper:rr:387

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Keywords: international fragmentation of production; growth; employment; trade;

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