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Export Productivity and Specialization in China, Brazil, India and South Africa

Amelia Santos-Paulino

No RP2008-28, WIDER Working Paper Series from World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER)

Abstract: This paper analyses the patterns of export productivity and trade specialization profiles in the China, Brazil, India and South Africa, and in other regional groupings. In doing so, the investigation calculates a time varying export productivity measure using highly disaggregated product categories. The findings indicate that export productivity is mainly determined by real income and human capital endowments. Importantly, the study reveals significant differences in the export productivity and specialization patterns of countries with comparable per capita income levels.

Keywords: Gross national product; Human capital; Industrial organization (Economic theory); International trade; Productivity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008
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