Service Export Sophistication and Europe's New Growth Model

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Susanna Lundström

The World Bank

Saurabh Mishra

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Date Written: September 1, 2011


Technology has changed the nature of service activities and made them more productive, tradable and fragmented in the global supply chain. Has Europe's growth been benefiting from the ongoing globalization of services? Services dominate growth in EU-15 countries and, to a lesser extent, in New Member States (NMS) and Accession (ACC) countries. Except in the ACC region, Europe has maintained specialization in service exports. Service productivity, tradability, and exports of modern services are high in EU-15, growing fast in NMS while at a lower pace in ACC. Service export sophistication is important for growth across the region, but especially in NMS.

Keywords: Commodities, Public Sector Corruption & Anticorruption Measures, Housing & Human Habitats, Economic Theory & Research, Banks & Banking Reform

Suggested Citation

Lundstrom Gable, Susanna and Mishra, Saurabh, Service Export Sophistication and Europe's New Growth Model (September 1, 2011). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 5793, Available at SSRN:

Susanna Lundstrom Gable

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Saurabh Mishra (Contact Author)

International Monetary Fund (IMF) ( email )

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