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Rapid Changes of International Trade Flows Geography. An Approach Grounded on the Knowledge-Based Economy Concept


  • Silviu Neguţ

    () (Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania)


After the Second World War international merchandise trade has known an impressive rising trend: from 121 bn. USD in 1948 to 25.172 bn. USD in 2009, which means a rise by 210 times, being therefore the economic sector with the most spectacular development. International trade – considered to be the right indicator of a country’s economy – has become one of the major factors of economic development mainly due to the knowledge-based economy. Except for the economic development (translated into high levels of production and productivity, expressed by high figures of GDP), the effect of knowledge has been registered by exports, by their dynamics and high level of foreign markets penetration. It is therefore relevant that three small countries and provinces (the Netherlands, Hong Kong – province of Peoples Republic of China and Singapore) in terms of territory and population are among the first fifteen global exporters (with a percentage of exports ranging from 2,2% and 4%), in contrast with larger countries in terms of surface and population, which play an insignificant role in international trade. These small countries/provinces represent relevant models of using information technology and modern communication, fundamental elements of a knowledge-based economy. Thus, they are very competitive on the global market (the key factor of success). In this paper we argue that humankind is in a transitory phase from industrial economy to knowledge-based economy (in this sense the oil trade is a very good example, as the most traded merchandise).

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  • Silviu Neguţ, 2011. "Rapid Changes of International Trade Flows Geography. An Approach Grounded on the Knowledge-Based Economy Concept," The AMFITEATRU ECONOMIC journal, Academy of Economic Studies - Bucharest, Romania, vol. 13(30), pages 632-645, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:aes:amfeco:v:13:y:2011:i:30:p:632-645

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    1. Krugman, Paul, 1979. "A Model of Innovation, Technology Transfer, and the World Distribution of Income," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 87(2), pages 253-266, April.
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    international trade; international trade flows; competitiveness; knowledgebased economy.;

    JEL classification:

    • A12 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Other Disciplines
    • A23 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Graduate
    • F10 - International Economics - - Trade - - - General
    • F16 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade and Labor Market Interactions


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