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Revealed Specialization: Evidence on U.S. International Services

Makoto Hisanaga ()
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Makoto Hisanaga: Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto University

No 645, KIER Working Papers from Kyoto University, Institute of Economic Research

Abstract: This paper is an investigation of the comparative advantage structure of United States (U.S.) international trade in services. It appears that the U.S. has a strong comparative advantage in knowledge-based services. For this study, the author adopts the Revealed Comparative Advantage (RCA) index to analyze the comparative advantage structure, and demonstrates that variance in the RCA deviations indicates a similarity in the export structure between the U.S. and the world. This study also focuses on the role of multinational companies, linking microeconomic entities and the macroeconomic surroundings.

Keywords: Trade in Services; Intellectual Property Rights; Comparative Advantage; Competitive Advantage; Revealed Comparative Advantage (RCA); Multinational Companies; Offshoring (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C02 F01 F23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 30pages
Date: 2008-01
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