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Trade Specialisation and Economic Convergence: Evidence from Two Eastern European Countries


Christophe Rault


University of Orleans; Université d'Évry - Centre D'Etudes des Politiques Economiques et de L'Emploi (EPEE); Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne - Equipe Universitaire de Recherche en Economie Quantitative (EUREQUA); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Guglielmo Maria Caporale


London South Bank University; Brunel University - Brunel Business School; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Robert Sova


Academy of Economic Studies; Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne - Centre Maison des Sciences Economiques

Anamaria Sova


Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies; CES Sorbonne University

June 14, 2009

William Davidson Institute Working Paper No. 959

Abstract:     
This paper analyses trade specialisation dynamics in two Eastern European countries (Romania and Bulgaria - EEC-2) vis-à-vis the core EU member states (EU-15) over the period 1990-2006. Specifically, we focus on whether there is a shift towards intra-industry trade leading to economic convergence and technological catch-up. We use recently developed static (FEM, REM and FEVD) and dynamic (GMM) panel data methods which take into account possible heterogeneity. Our empirical results indicate that intra-industry trade has indeed increased, but it is of the vertical rather than the horizontal type, resulting in complementary rather than competitive production patterns.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 32

Keywords: gravity models, panel data models, trade specialisation, comparative advantage

JEL Classification: F13, F15, C23

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Rault, Christophe and Caporale, Guglielmo Maria and Sova, Robert and Sova, Anamaria, Trade Specialisation and Economic Convergence: Evidence from Two Eastern European Countries (June 14, 2009). William Davidson Institute Working Paper No. 959. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1488944 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1488944

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Christophe Rault (Contact Author)
University of Orleans
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Orleans, Orleans cedex 2 45067
France
Université d'Évry - Centre D'Etudes des Politiques Economiques et de L'Emploi (EPEE) ( email )
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University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne - Equipe Universitaire de Recherche en Economie Quantitative (EUREQUA) ( email )
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France
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Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
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Germany
CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)
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Munich, DE-81679
Germany
Guglielmo Maria Caporale
London South Bank University ( email )
Centre for Monetary and Financial Economics
London
United Kingdom
Brunel University - Brunel Business School ( email )
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Middlesex, West London
Uxbridge, UB8 3PH, London UB8 3PH
United Kingdom
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HOME PAGE: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/about/acad/bbs/bbsstaff/ef_staff/guglielmocaporale/
CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)
Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany
Robert Sova
Academy of Economic Studies ( email )
6 Piata Romana, 1-st District, PO 22
Bucharest, 010374
Romania
HOME PAGE: http://www.cig.ase.ro
University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne - Centre Maison des Sciences Economiques
106/112 boulevard de l'Hopital
Paris Cedex 13, 75647
France
Anamaria Sova
Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies
6, Romana Square, District 1
Bucharest, 010374
Romania
CES Sorbonne University ( email )
106-112 bd. de l'Hopital, 75647, Paris, cedex 13
Paris
France
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