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Competitiveness and Agri-food Trade: An Empirical Analysis in the European Union

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The purpose of this paper is to analyse the competitive performance of the EU countries for food trade in the European market during the period 1990-2003. To assess such performance the analysis considers comparative advantage and evaluates three indices: export market share (EMS), revealed comparative advantage (RCA) and net export index (NEI). These three indices are found to be high in the Netherlands, France, Belgium and Spain, but only Spain has shown significant competitive performance during the last decade. Also the competitive performance of Germany and Italy is good, although their RCA and NEI values are low. Among the other countries the trend in the indices for Austria, Portugal and Sweden is on the increase.

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  • Banterle, Alessandro, 2005. "Competitiveness and Agri-food Trade: An Empirical Analysis in the European Union," 2005 International Congress, August 23-27, 2005, Copenhagen, Denmark 24692, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
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    1. Levkovych, Inna, 2011. "Der ukrainische Außenhandel mit Produkten der Agrar- und Ernährungswirtschaft: Eine quantitative Analyse aus Sicht traditioneller und neuer Außenhandelstheorien," Studies on the Agricultural and Food Sector in Transition Economies, Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO), volume 59, number 109520.
    2. Laura CARRARESI & Alessandro BANTERLE, 2013. "The agri-food competitive performance in the EU countries: a fifteen years retrospective," Departmental Working Papers 2013-14, Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods at Università degli Studi di Milano.
    3. Carraresi, Laura & Banterle, Alessandro, 2008. "Measuring competitiveness in the EU market: a comparison between food industry and agriculture," 2008 International Congress, August 26-29, 2008, Ghent, Belgium 43692, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
    4. Vlada Vitunskiene & Evaldas Serva, 2015. "Shifts In Lithuania’S Agri-Food Industry Export Competitiveness: A Comparative Analysis Versus High- And Medium-High Technology Manufacturing Industries," Oeconomia Copernicana, Institute of Economic Research, vol. 6(1), pages 7-31, March.
    5. Banterle, Alessandro & Carraresi, Laura, 2006. "International trade and competitiveness analysis in the European Union: the case of prepared meat sector," 98th Seminar, June 29-July 2, 2006, Chania, Crete, Greece 10058, European Association of Agricultural Economists.

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    Keywords

    competitive performance measures; competitiveness; agri-food trade; European Union; International Relations/Trade; Q17; L66; F14;

    JEL classification:

    • Q17 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agriculture in International Trade
    • L66 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - Food; Beverages; Cosmetics; Tobacco
    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade

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