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Structural Change, Specialization and Growth in EU 25

  • Paul J.J. Welfens

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    (Europäisches Institut für Internationale Wirtschaftsbeziehungen (Eiiw))

  • Jens K. Perret

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    (Europäisches Institut für Internationale Wirtschaftsbeziehungen (Eiiw))

Based on the OECD's classification of goods, we take a closer look at EU 15 countries and EU accession countries in terms of the dynamics of sectoral output growth - with due emphasis on the distinction between labor-intensive and science-intensive products. Sectoral output dynamics are explained by the (modified) revealed comparative advantage (RCA), specialization in terms of input intensity, the growth rate of RCA, past sectoral output dynamics and per capita output. In addition, we consider the development of nominal sectoral output development. Considerable differences between EU 15 and EU 10 countries were found, which point to different production regimes in leading EU countries and the Eastern European accession countries, respectively. This panel-based bottom-up approach to output growth suggests that structural change will affect the responsiveness of the supply side considerably.

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Paper provided by Universitätsbibliothek Wuppertal, University Library in its series EIIW Discussion paper with number disbei173.

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Length: 42 Pages
Date of creation: Jan 2010
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Handle: RePEc:bwu:eiiwdp:disbei173
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  1. Bart van Ark & Marcin Piatkowski, 2004. "Productivity, innovation and ICT in Old and New Europe," International Economics and Economic Policy, Springer, vol. 1(2), pages 215-246, January.
  2. Luca Benedictis & Marco Gallegati & Massimo Tamberi, 2009. "Overall trade specialization and economic development: countries diversify," Review of World Economics (Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv), Springer, vol. 145(1), pages 37-55, April.
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