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The Philippine export portfolio in the product space: potentials, possibilities and policy challenges


  • Connie Bayudan-Dacuycuy

    () (Economics Department, Ateneo de Manila University)


Using the product space and the index for product level sophistication, the performance of the Philippines' export basket is analyzed. Results indicate that while currently it has limited options for diversification, the country can still produce sophisticated exports given significant transformation of its production structure. Specific exports that have the potential to evolve into sophisticated rich-country goods are also identified.

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  • Connie Bayudan-Dacuycuy, 2012. "The Philippine export portfolio in the product space: potentials, possibilities and policy challenges," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 32(1), pages 59-66.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-11-00118

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    1. Idsardi, E.F. & Schalkwyk, H.D. & Viviers, W., 2015. "The Agricultural Product Space: Prospects for South Africa," 2015 Conference, August 9-14, 2015, Milan, Italy 211752, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
    2. Cilem Selin Hazir & Flora Bellone & Cyrielle Gaglio, 2017. "Local Product Space and Firm Level Churning in Exported Products," GREDEG Working Papers 2017-02, Groupe de REcherche en Droit, Economie, Gestion (GREDEG CNRS), University of Nice Sophia Antipolis.
    3. Cyrielle Gaglio, 2015. "Measuring Country Competitiveness: A Survey of Exporting-based Indexes," GREDEG Working Papers 2015-42, Groupe de REcherche en Droit, Economie, Gestion (GREDEG CNRS), University of Nice Sophia Antipolis.

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    export sophistication; product space; diversification; Philippines;

    JEL classification:

    • F0 - International Economics - - General
    • F1 - International Economics - - Trade


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