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Growth networks

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  • Kali, Raja
  • Reyes, Javier
  • McGee, Joshua
  • Shirrell, Stuart

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We map the relationship between products in global trade and the products a country exports as a network to devise a measure of the density of links between the products in a country's export basket and a measure of network proximity from a country's export basket to products that a country does not export. The density measure is a proxy for synergies between the products in a country's export basket. The network proximity measure is an indicator of how difficult it is likely to be for a given country to move from its current product specialization to new products. We find that density and network proximity are together of importance for a poor country to move to higher income products and experience higher growth rates. Higher network proximity is associated with a greater likelihood of experiencing growth acceleration, but the positive effect of density tapers off at higher values.

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  • Kali, Raja & Reyes, Javier & McGee, Joshua & Shirrell, Stuart, 2013. "Growth networks," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 101(C), pages 216-227.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:deveco:v:101:y:2013:i:c:p:216-227
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jdeveco.2012.11.004
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    Keywords

    Trade; Growth acceleration; Networks; Small-world;

    JEL classification:

    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General
    • F43 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Economic Growth of Open Economies

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