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Product Variety and Economic Growth: Empirical Evidence for the OECD Countries

  • By Michael Funke

    (International Monetary Fund)

  • Ralf Ruhwedel

    (International Monetary Fund)

Utilizing panel data for 19 member countries of the Organization for Cooperation and Development (OECD), we find support for the hypothesis that a greater degree of product variety relative to the United States helps to explain relative per capita GDP levels. The empirical work relies upon some direct measures of product variety calculated from six-digit OECD export and import data. Although the issue is far from being settled, the emerging conclusion is that the index of relative product variety across countries is significantly correlated with relative per capita income levels. Copyright 2001, International Monetary Fund

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Volume (Year): 48 (2001)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 1

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