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Measuring export competitiveness: revisiting the effective exchange rate weights for the euro area countries

  • Paulo Soares Esteves
  • Carolina Reis

This article addresses the competition faced by exporters as a particular motivation to compute an effective exchange rate, discussing some important implications of the simplifying assumptions usually made regarding the selection of competitors and differences in product specialization. Firstly, the selection of competitors is not limited to the countries initially chosen according to their share in exports. Secondly, competition in third markets is evaluated in order to account for the different product specialization of each country. This different approach is then applied to the 12 euro countries using data for 2004.

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Paper provided by Banco de Portugal, Economics and Research Department in its series Working Papers with number w200611.

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Date of creation: 2006
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Handle: RePEc:ptu:wpaper:w200611
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  1. Carlos Coimbra & Ana Gouveia, 2004. "New Effective Exchange Rate Index for the Portuguese Economy," Economic Bulletin and Financial Stability Report Articles, Banco de Portugal, Economics and Research Department.
  2. Sónia Cabral, 2004. "Recent Evolution of Portuguese Export Market Shares in the European Union," Economic Bulletin and Financial Stability Report Articles, Banco de Portugal, Economics and Research Department.
  3. Luca Buldorini & Stelios Makrydakis & Christian Thimann, 2002. "The effective exchange rates of the euro," Occasional Paper Series 02, European Central Bank.
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