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Structure and performance of the service sector in transition economies


  • Ana M. Fernandes


This paper examines the performance of the service sector in the Eastern European transition economies during the 1997-2004 period. The performance of the service sector as a whole and of its sub-sectors is very heterogeneous within the region. Service sub-sectors that are information and communications technology producers or users and those using skilled labour more intensively exhibit the highest labour productivity growth. Our estimates show a positive and significant effect of liberalization on service labour productivity growth that is stronger for sub-sectors that are more distant from the technological frontier. Service liberalization is also shown to have a positive effect on labour productivity levels and growth of downstream manufacturing industries. Copyright (c) 2009 The Author. Journal compilation (c) 2009 The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

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  • Ana M. Fernandes, 2009. "Structure and performance of the service sector in transition economies," The Economics of Transition, The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, vol. 17(3), pages 467-501, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:etrans:v:17:y:2009:i:3:p:467-501

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