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The Competitiveness of European Services


  • Luis Rubalcaba
  • Gisela di Meglio
  • Stefano Visintin
  • Andrés Maroto
  • Jorge Gallego


The emergence of service offshoring places competitiveness at the centre of the discussion on international trade. The role of cost related factors driving trade performances is debated. However, although services trade becomes more dynamic, service competitiveness factors remain a field largely unexplored by applied economics. This paper addresses the role of cost-related factors explaining service competitiveness. It empirically tests trade performance of 15 European countries in 8 service markets in order to observe the role of cost-factors, country effects and industry specific patterns. A model based on regression analysis and panel data is suggested to test the influence of cost-determinants and their elasticities. REsults show great heterogeneity among service activities and suggest the importance of non-cost related factors within European Union countries.

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  • Luis Rubalcaba & Gisela di Meglio & Stefano Visintin & Andrés Maroto & Jorge Gallego, 2008. "The Competitiveness of European Services," Working Papers 01/08, Instituto Universitario de Análisis Económico y Social.
  • Handle: RePEc:uae:wpaper:0108

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    1. Fagerberg, Jan, 1988. "International Competitiveness," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 98(391), pages 355-374, June.
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    1. Daniel Schwanen, 2014. "Tradable Services: Canada’s Overlooked Success Story," e-briefs 170, C.D. Howe Institute.


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