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Evolution of trade patterns in the new EU member states

Andrea Zaghini ()

The Economics of Transition, 2005, vol. 13, issue 4, 629-658

Abstract: The paper analyses the evolution of the trade specialization pattern in the new EU member states. Relying on the empirical approach of the Markov transition matrices it analyses both the changes in the external shape of the distribution of comparative advantages and the intra-distribution dynamics. The new members show a dynamic trade pattern: they gained comparative advantages relatively fast in sectors in which they were lagging behind at the beginning of the transition, notably in some 'high tech' products. In addition, many specialization improvements occurred in those items for which world demand expanded at the fastest rate over the nineties. Copyright (c) The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, 2005.

Date: 2005
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