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Industry-specific determinants of vertical intra-industry trade: the case of EU new member states’ agri-food sector


  • Attila Jambor
  • Nuno Carlos Leitão


The determinants of intra-industry agri-food trade are analysed to only a limited extent in the literature. This article investigates the industry-specific determinants of vertical intra-industry agri-food trade between new member states of the EU and the other EU countries for the period 1999–2010 by applying a dynamic panel data model. Results suggest that IIT is mainly low vertical in nature, suggesting regional export of low-quality products to EU markets. Results also show that vertical product differentiation and FDI are positively related to VIIT, suggesting that quality growth and investments foster vertical intra-industry trade. As to productivity and factor endowments a negative relationship with VIIT was found, implying the labour abundant and similar nature of NMS agricultural sectors.

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  • Attila Jambor & Nuno Carlos Leitão, 2016. "Industry-specific determinants of vertical intra-industry trade: the case of EU new member states’ agri-food sector," Post-Communist Economies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 28(1), pages 34-48, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:pocoec:v:28:y:2016:i:1:p:34-48
    DOI: 10.1080/14631377.2015.1124553

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