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The Italian anomaly in the evolution of international trade

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  • Michele Di Maio
  • Federico Tamagni

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This study offers a quantitative assessment of the international specialization of Italy in view of the evolving patterns of international trade over the period 1980-2000. The analysis is based upon the co-evolution of the PRODY index, recently proposed in Hausmann et al. (2005), together with the classical Balassa index of revealed comparative advantage. Our findings suggest that Italian specialization is persistent and increasing in sectors characterized by decreasing capacity to sustain economic growth.

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  • Michele Di Maio & Federico Tamagni, 2008. "The Italian anomaly in the evolution of international trade," QA - Rivista dell'Associazione Rossi-Doria, Associazione Rossi Doria, issue 3, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:rar:journl:0082
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    Keywords

    International Trade; Specialization Mode; PRODY Index; Revealed Comparative Advantages;

    JEL classification:

    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • F43 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Economic Growth of Open Economies

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