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International convergence and divergence of material input structures: an industry-level perspective

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  • Erik Dietzenbacher
  • Alex Hoen
  • Bart Los
  • Jan Meist

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This article analyses whether international material input structures have converged or diverged over time. Pooled variances for 25 industries were obtained from OECD input-output tables in constant prices for nine countries over the period 1971-1990. It is found that high-tech industries were mainly characterized by divergence of material input structures, whereas convergence was found for many low-tech, more mature industries. In line with studies on (labour) productivity growth rates, convergence of material input structures was prevalent in the 1970s, while divergence dominated in the 1980s.

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  • Erik Dietzenbacher & Alex Hoen & Bart Los & Jan Meist, 2009. "International convergence and divergence of material input structures: an industry-level perspective," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 41(26), pages 3337-3344.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:41:y:2009:i:26:p:3337-3344 DOI: 10.1080/00036840701439355
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