What You Export Matters
Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)
Harvard University - Department of Economics
Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
KSG Working Paper No. RWP05-063
When local cost discovery generates knowledge spillovers, specialization patterns become partly indeterminate and the mix of goods that a country produces may have important implications for economic growth. We demonstrate this proposition formally and adduce some empirical support for it. We construct an index of the income level of a country's exports, document its properties, and show that it predicts subsequent economic growth.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 24
Keywords: Economics, International Economics, International Development, International Trade and Finance
Date posted: April 12, 2006
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