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Did the economic crisis change V4 trade patterns? The case of intra-industry trade

Patryk Emanuel Toporowski ()
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Patryk Emanuel Toporowski: Warsaw School of Economics, Poland

Eastern Journal of European Studies, 2017, vol. 8(2), 71-93

Abstract: This study revisits knowledge about the post-EU accession intra-industry trade development in the Visegrad countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and the Slovak Republic). These countries—through trade liberalisation, European integration and EU accession—strengthened their position in the global value chains, part of which were located in Western Europe. This paper points out that during the global financial crisis, the changes in intra-industry specialisation were not coherent in the Visegrad countries. Moreover, in some cases, the specialisation even intensified. This paper also applies the Arellano-Bover/Blundell-Bond estimator to assess whether EU accession and the later global financial crisis were driving forces of the changing trade patterns of these countries. The results of the estimation proved the positive effect of European integration (before and after EU enlargement) and the negative effect of the crisis.

Keywords: intra industry trade; European integration; Visegrad countries; financial crisis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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