International Competitiveness in Producer Services
26 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2004
Date Written: March 2004
This paper investigates the determinants of international competitiveness and specialisation in a group of producer service for a sample of OECD countries during the 1990s. We identified intermediate demand from the manufacturing sector as a strategic variable for international specialisation in producer services. Specialisation in manufacturing sectors that are large users of producer services contributes positively to the export of producer services. Spending in information and communication technologies (ICTs) has also a positive impact on the export of producer services. This supports those theories that emphasise the role of technology in trade performance.
Keywords: Producer services, ICT, manufacturing-services linkages
JEL Classification: L80, F10, O33
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