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Revealed Comparative Advantage Indexes for Regions of the United States


  • Clark Don P.

    () (University of Tennessee)

  • Sawyer W. Charles

    () (University of Southern Mississippi)

  • Sprinkle Richard L

    () (University of Texas at El Paso)


This study identifies the pattern of comparative advantage for U.S. regions from actual trade performance as indicated by the industry composition of exports. Revealed comparative advantage patterns are also determined using production data. Dynamic changes in comparative advantage patterns are identified using a methodology developed by Kreinin and Plummer (1994a). Comparative advantage patterns and the degree of structural change in exports vary considerably across regions. Results will assist U.S. regions and states in formulating effective export promotion strategies.

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  • Clark Don P. & Sawyer W. Charles & Sprinkle Richard L, 2005. "Revealed Comparative Advantage Indexes for Regions of the United States," Global Economy Journal, De Gruyter, vol. 5(1), pages 1-26, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:glecon:v:5:y:2005:i:1:n:2

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    1. Richard V. Adkisson & Eduardo Saucedo, 2010. "Merchandise Exports and Job Quality, Evidence From the States," Economic Development Quarterly, , vol. 24(3), pages 231-242, August.
    2. Nyahoho Emmanuel, 2010. "Determinants of Comparative Advantage in the International Trade of Services: An Empirical Study of the Hecksher-Ohlin Approach," Global Economy Journal, De Gruyter, vol. 10(1), pages 1-24, February.
    3. Lorde Troy & Alleyne Antonio & Francis Brian, 2010. "An Assessment of Barbados' Competitiveness within the EU Market 1992-2006," Global Economy Journal, De Gruyter, vol. 10(2), pages 1-24, May.

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