What You Export Matters

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Dani Rodrik

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Ricardo Hausmann

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Jason Hwang

Harvard University - Department of Economics

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Date Written: January 2006

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Specialization, productivity, growth

JEL Classification: F1, O4

Suggested Citation

Rodrik, Dani and Hausmann, Ricardo and Hwang, Jason, What You Export Matters (January 2006). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 5444. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=897924

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Ricardo Hausmann

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Jason Hwang

Harvard University - Department of Economics ( email )

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