Export Take-Offs and Acceleration: Unpacking Cross-Sector Linkages in the Evolution of Comparative Advantage

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Dany Bahar

Brookings Institution; Harvard University - Center for International Development (CID)

Samuel Rosenow

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Ernesto Stein

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Rodrigo Wagner

University of Chile

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Date Written: 2018

Abstract

The transition into non-traditional export activities attracts important policy and academic attention. Using international trade data, we explore how alternative linkages relate to the take-off and acceleration of export industries. Concretely, we run a horse-race among alternative Marshallian linkages across sectors: input-output relations, technology and labor. Technology has a predictive power depending on the specification used. We consistently find, however, that export take-offs are more likely to occur in sectors that are upstream to already competitive export industries. Our findings, which are mostly driven by developing economies, are consistent with Albert Hirschman’s 60-year-old view that the forces behind upstream linkages fueled the growth of new competitive industries in the developing world.

Keywords: relatedness, comparative advantage, patents, labor, upstream, downstream

JEL Classification: O140, O330, F140

Suggested Citation

Bahar, Dany and Rosenow, Samuel and Stein, Ernesto Hugo and Wagner, Rodrigo, Export Take-Offs and Acceleration: Unpacking Cross-Sector Linkages in the Evolution of Comparative Advantage (2018). CESifo Working Paper No. 7436, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3338790

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Samuel Rosenow

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Ernesto Hugo Stein

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Rodrigo Wagner

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