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German Industry Succeeds with Research-Intensive Goods

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  • Heike Belitz
  • Martin Gornig
  • Alexander Schiersch

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As a country highly specialized in the production of investment goods, Germany has been especially hard hit by the global recession. Because the production profile of German industry is technology-intensive, however, there is reason to believe that Germany will emerge from the present economic crisis with renewed strength. In no other industrialized nation is production as heavily geared to research-intensive goods as it is here. Germany has increased its lead over its most significant rivals not only in motor vehicle manufacturing, but also in machinery, communication equipment, and medical and precision instruments. The success of German companies is based not only on compelling products, but also on the relative efficiency of their production processes compared to other countries.

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  • Heike Belitz & Martin Gornig & Alexander Schiersch, 2010. "German Industry Succeeds with Research-Intensive Goods," Weekly Report, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 6(10), pages 71-78.
  • Handle: RePEc:diw:diwwrp:wr6-10
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    1. Bernd Görzig & Martin Gornig & Laurence Nayman, 2012. "Productivity Transitions in Large Mature Economies: France, Germany and the UK," Chapters,in: Industrial Productivity in Europe, chapter 4 Edward Elgar Publishing.

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    Keywords

    Industrial specialisation; Technological change; Technical efficiency;

    JEL classification:

    • O14 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Industrialization; Manufacturing and Service Industries; Choice of Technology
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General
    • O57 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Comparative Studies of Countries

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