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The Declining Competitiveness of French Firms Reflects a Generalised Supply-Side Problem You or your institution have access to this content

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Hervé Boulhol1, Patrizio Sicari1
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  • 1: OECD, France

08 jan 2014
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This short paper analyses the decline of France’s trade balance over the past 15 years. While the loss in export market shares is comparable to that of the major OECD countries except Germany, it is one of the largest among the countries of the euro area. The determinants of this outcome seem to be general (rather than concentrated in the industrial sector) and related to overall supply-side weaknesses.
France, manufacturing sector, profits, export shares, unit labour costs
Classification JEL:
  • E23: Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics / Consumption, Saving, Production, Investment, Labor Markets, and Informal Economy / Production
  • E24: Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics / Consumption, Saving, Production, Investment, Labor Markets, and Informal Economy / Employment ; Unemployment ; Wages ; Intergenerational Income Distribution ; Aggregate Human Capital ; Aggregate Labor Productivity
  • E31: Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics / Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles / Price Level ; Inflation ; Deflation
  • F16: International Economics / Trade / Trade and Labor Market Interactions
  • L25: Industrial Organization / Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior / Firm Performance: Size, Diversification, and Scope
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