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Are OECD Export Specialisation Patterns 'Sticky'? Relations to the Convergence-Divergence Debate

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  • Bent Dalum
  • Gert Villumsen

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The aim of the present paper is twofold. We want to present and test a methodology capable to deal more satisfactorily with the question of stability of international export specialisation patterns and, secondly, we want to relate this issue to the convergence-divergence debate in growth theory and the rapidly increasing strand of literature on national systems of innovation.We conclude that the relative export structures are moving together in the long term. However, the speed of convergence is fairly slow, indicating that national export specialisation patterns are quite stubborn or 'sticky'. These findings are complementary to the new knowledge generated wit convergence-divergence debate in growth theory and the rapidly increasing strand of literature on natonal systems of innovation.

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  • Bent Dalum & Gert Villumsen, 1996. "Are OECD Export Specialisation Patterns 'Sticky'? Relations to the Convergence-Divergence Debate," DRUID Working Papers 96-3, DRUID, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Industrial Economics and Strategy/Aalborg University, Department of Business Studies.
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    Specialisation; International Trade Patterns; Growth and Trade;
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    JEL classification:

    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
    • O57 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Comparative Studies of Countries

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