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Trade specialization, export productivity and growth in Brazil, China, India, South Africa, and a cross section of countries

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  • Amelia Santos-Paulino

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The paper analyses the patterns of export productivity and trade specialization profiles in Brazil, China, India and South Africa, and in other economic groupings and regions. Various measures of trade specialization and a time varying export productivity indicator are estimated using highly disaggregated export data. The findings reveal that there are important differences in the export productivity and specialisation patterns across countries and regions. Export productivity—and export sophistication—are in line to that of wealthier and more advance economies. The results further confirm the importance of not just the volume of exports, but the type of specialisation patterns. Copyright UNU-WIDER 2011

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  • Amelia Santos-Paulino, 2011. "Trade specialization, export productivity and growth in Brazil, China, India, South Africa, and a cross section of countries," Economic Change and Restructuring, Springer, vol. 44(1), pages 75-97, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:ecopln:v:44:y:2011:i:1:p:75-97
    DOI: 10.1007/s10644-010-9087-3
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    1. Evelyn S. Devadason, 2012. "Book Review: Industrial Development Report 2009 – Breaking In and Moving Up: New Industrial Challenges for the Bottom Billion and the Middle-Income Countries, by United Nations Industrial Development ," Institutions and Economies (formerly known as International Journal of Institutions and Economies), Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya, vol. 4(3), pages 177-180, October.

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    Keywords

    Trade specialization; Export productivity; Growth; China; India; Brazil and South Africa; C21; F1; O5;

    JEL classification:

    • C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models
    • F1 - International Economics - - Trade
    • O5 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies

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