OECD Economics Department Working Papers

ISSN :
1815-1973 (en ligne)
DOI :
10.1787/18151973
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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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Auteur(s):
Hervé Boulhol1, Patrizio Sicari1
Author Affiliations
  • 1: OCDE, France

Date de publication
08 jan 2014
Bibliographic information
N°:
1029
Pages
17
DOI
10.1787/5k4c0dldmgr2-en

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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.
Mots-clés:
France, manufacturing sector, profits, unit labour costs, export shares
Classification JEL:
  • E23: Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics / Macroeconomics: Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment / Production
  • E24: Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics / Macroeconomics: Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment / Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital
  • 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