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Competitiveness of the Euro Zone Manufacturing: A Panel Data Analysis

Irene Fafaliou () and Michael Polemis ()

International Advances in Economic Research, 2013, vol. 19, issue 1, 45-61

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to assess the main aspects involved in the competitiveness of manufacturing industries in the Euro zone area (EZ-12). To this end, we apply the generalized method of moments to a panel data error correction model. Our sample spans the period from 1970 to 2007, and our findings provide insight into the impact of manufacturing on the international competitiveness of European firms and industries. From the estimated magnitude of the relevant coefficients, we conclude that in the long run, a change in labor and capital compensation is not fully passed on to manufacturing growth, while an increase in the market power of the manufacturing sector will negatively affect its competitiveness. Copyright International Atlantic Economic Society 2013

Keywords: Competitiveness; Euro zone manufacturing; Panel data; Generalized method of moments; E00; L6; L16; C33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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