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Impacts of Intermediate Trade on Structural Change

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  • Stijepic, Denis
  • Wagner, Helmut

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Traditional structural change theories study the dynamics of inter-sector labour-reallocation in autarky models. We analyse how model-results change if open economy setting is assumed, where we focus on the impacts of intermediate trade in a multi-sector growth model with capital accumulation. We show that, when controlling for specialisation-effects, open economy features a relatively high employment share of capital/manufacturing sector and a relatively low rate of labour-reallocation across consumption industries in comparison to autarky. The process of tertiarisation (transition to a services economy) is relatively slow in the intermediate trade model in comparison to the autarky model.

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  • Stijepic, Denis & Wagner, Helmut, 2008. "Impacts of Intermediate Trade on Structural Change," MPRA Paper 40841, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 23 Aug 2012.
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    Keywords

    structural change; factor reallocation; labour; multi-sector growth modelling; neoclassical growth theory; trade; intermediates; offshoring;

    JEL classification:

    • O41 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models
    • F43 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Economic Growth of Open Economies
    • O14 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Industrialization; Manufacturing and Service Industries; Choice of Technology

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