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Measurement, Technological Capability, and Intra-Industry Trade: Evidence from the EU

  • M. Ali Choudhary

    (University of Surrey)

  • Paul Temple

    (University of Surrey)

  • Lei Zhao

    (University of Surrey)

In this paper we develop models of intra-industry trade in which the technological infrastructure associated with measurement activity plays a role in determining the ability of firms to differentiate their products, making them more marketable, and hence promoting intra-industry trade. We observe that public support for the measurement infrastructure is an important element of public support for industry, while publicly available technical standards provide a significant means by which firms make use of this infrastructure. As an empirical test for the importance of the measurement infrastructure, we consider bi-lateral intra-industry trade flows between economies in the EU and find that both a measure of the cross industry importance of the measurement infrastructure – as proxied by standards - as well as the degree of investment in the ability to measure – as proxied by the use of instruments – are important correlates of intraindustry trade. The econometric analysis suggests that differences in national measurement infrastructures continue to play an important role in determining EU trade flows.

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Paper provided by School of Economics, University of Surrey in its series School of Economics Discussion Papers with number 1406.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2006
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Handle: RePEc:sur:surrec:1406
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