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Assessing the export performance in transition countries: the case of the Republic of Moldova


  • Alexandru STRATAN

    () (Institute of Economy, Finance and Statistics,Republic of Moldova)

  • Victoria CLIPA

    () (Institute of Economy, Finance and Statistics, Republic of Moldova)


Despite their common legacy of central planning and of a new beginning in the ’90s, transition countries have achieved different export performances. Although there is not a consensus among economists on the dimension of exports impact on economic growth, the non-performance or poor performance of exports may indicate inadequate policy reforms that by consequence do hinder economic growth. The purpose of this paper is to make an assessment of performances that Republic of Moldova’s exports have achieved after 20 years of transition compared to other countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

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  • Alexandru STRATAN & Victoria CLIPA, 2011. "Assessing the export performance in transition countries: the case of the Republic of Moldova," Romanian Journal of Economics, Institute of National Economy, vol. 33(2(bis)(42), pages 113-129, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:ine:journl:v:2(bis):y:2011:i:42:p:113-129

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    transition; export performance; competitiveness; export concentration; trade specialization; Lafay index; medium and high-tech exports;

    JEL classification:

    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • F43 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Economic Growth of Open Economies
    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • O57 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Comparative Studies of Countries


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