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Overall Specialization Empirics: Techniques and Applications

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  • Luca De Benedictis

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  • Massimo Tamberi

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It is customary in the empirical trade literature to analyze specialization patterns of countries using Revealed Comparative Advantage (RCA) measures. This paper explores the informational content of the most commonly used RCA index: the Balassa (1965) Index of RCA.

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  • Luca De Benedictis & Massimo Tamberi, 2004. "Overall Specialization Empirics: Techniques and Applications," Open Economies Review, Springer, vol. 15(4), pages 323-346, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:openec:v:15:y:2004:i:4:p:323-346
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