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Exports' quality-adjusted productivity and economic growth


  • Asier Minondo


According to recent studies, countries specialised in products associated with higher productivity levels are likely to grow faster than countries specialised in other goods. A limitation of these studies is that they do not control for quality differences within a product category when measuring goods' productivity level. In this paper we show that if products are distinguished by quality level there is no longer a robust relationship between specialising in products associated with higher productivity levels and faster growth. On the contrary, we find it is the specialisation in products that allow a larger room for quality improvement that leads to higher economic growth.

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  • Asier Minondo, 2010. "Exports' quality-adjusted productivity and economic growth," The Journal of International Trade & Economic Development, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 19(2), pages 257-287.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jitecd:v:19:y:2010:i:2:p:257-287 DOI: 10.1080/09638190802573071

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