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Development of an Integrated Framework for Evaluating International Services Trade Competitiveness. The Case of Romania

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  • Ana Bobirca

    () (Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Romania)

  • Cristiana Cristureanu

    () (Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Romania)

  • Paul-Gabriel Miclaus

    () (Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Romania)

Abstract

International competitiveness receives much attention nowadays, but until recently its assessment has been heavily based on goods trade statistics. This paper addresses the need for competitiveness indicators that cover services trade and sets out initial proposals for developing a multilevel integrated framework to measure international services trade competitiveness. The approach undertaken here aims at examining the international competitiveness of the Romanian services trade and its structure of specialization on the EU-25 services market. In other words, this research attempts to identify Romania's ability to overcome difficulties and challenges that might arise from the hard competition within the enlarged EU, in the field of foreign trade in services. The primary changes in the international competitiveness of three major services sub-sectors in Romania – transport, travel, and other services - are analyzed.

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  • Ana Bobirca & Cristiana Cristureanu & Paul-Gabriel Miclaus, 2008. "Development of an Integrated Framework for Evaluating International Services Trade Competitiveness. The Case of Romania," Romanian Economic Journal, Department of International Business and Economics from the Academy of Economic Studies Bucharest, vol. 11(27), pages 49-66, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:rej:journl:v:11:y:2008:i:27:p:49-66
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    1. Fagerberg, Jan, 1988. "International Competitiveness," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 98(391), pages 355-374, June.
    2. Finger, J M & Kreinin, M E, 1979. "A Measure of 'Export Similarity' and Its Possible Uses," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 89(356), pages 905-912, December.
    3. David Dollar & Edward N. Wolff, 1993. "Competitiveness, Convergence, and International Specialization," MIT Press Books, The MIT Press, edition 1, volume 1, number 0262041359, January.
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    Keywords

    EU-25; international competitiveness; international services trade; Romania;

    JEL classification:

    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • F59 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - Other

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