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Export Variety and Economic Growth in East European Transition Economies

Ralf Ruhwedel () and Michael Funke

Quantitative Macroeconomics Working Papers from Hamburg University, Department of Economics

Abstract: Utilising panel data for 14 East European transition economies we find support for the hypothesis that a greater degree of export variety relative to the U.S. helps to explain relative per capita GDP levels.The empirical work relies upon some direct measures of product variety calculated from 5-digit OECD trade data.Although the issue is still far from being settled, the merging conclusion is that the index of relative export varietyacross countries is significantly correlated with relative per capity income levels.

Keywords: Product Variety; Transition Economies; Eastern Europe; Economic Growth; Panel Data (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C33 F43 O31 O52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2005-01
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cwa, nep-eff, nep-int and nep-tra
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