International Trade and Productivity Growth : Exploring the Sectoral Effects for Developing Countries

Author/Editor:

Ehsan U. Choudhri ; Dalia S Hakura

Publication Date:

January 1, 2000

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

The paper estimates an empirical relation based on Krugman’s ‘technological gap’ model to explore the influence of the pattern of international trade and production on the overall productivity growth of a developing country. A key result is that increased import competition in medium-growth (but not in low- or high-growth) manufacturing sectors enhances overall productivity growth. The authors also find that a production-share weighted average of (technological leaders’) sectoral productivity growth rates has a significant effect on the rate of aggregate productivity growth.

Series:

Working Paper No. 00/17

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

January 1, 2000

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451843521/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0172000

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

24

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