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Adam Smith Meets an Index of Specialization in International Trade

Mitchell Kellman () and Yochanan Shachmurove ()
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Mitchell Kellman: Department of Economics, The City College of New York, and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

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Abstract: Development economists agree that increasing export diversification is a concomitant to economic development. An accepted explanation for Africa’s export stagnation is its dependence on monoculture, and on small number of commodities. Recently a large body of literature focuses on the relationship between economic growth and export specialization. However, there does not exist one generally acceptable measure or index for the concept of “Specialization in International Trade”. This paper suggest one such measure for specialization and its theoretical and conceptual framework are developed and applied to Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Tunisia and Morocco, during the years of their take offs.

Keywords: Trade Specialization Indices; Development Theory; Developing Country Export Compositions; International Trade Theory; Trade in Manufactures; Trade and Transformation. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O1 O14 F1 F14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2010-08-06
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