Recent French Export Performance: Is There a Competitiveness Problem?

 
Author/Editor: Kabundi, Alain N. ; Nadal-De Simone, Francisco
 
Publication Date: January 01, 2009
 
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Summary: Recently, the export performance of France relative to its own past and relative to a major trading partner, Germany, deteriorated. That deterioration seems related to the geographical destination and product composition of trend exports. Faced with an increase in unit labor costs or in its terms of trade, France adjusts relatively less via price and wage changes, and more via employment changes. Given that SMIC convergence resulted in a significant increase in unit labor costs, foreign sector difficulties might be structural. Trade flows relevance and euro area policy constraints highlight the importance of structural reforms that increase markets flexibility.
 
Series: Working Paper No. 09/2
Subject(s): Export competitiveness | Performance indicators | Terms of trade | International trade | Exports | Trade models | Productivity | Euro Area | France

Author's Keyword(s): Competitiveness | Dynamic Factor Models | Productivity
 
English
Publication Date: January 01, 2009
Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA2009002 Pages: 73
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