OECD Trade Policy Papers

ISSN :
1816-6873 (online)
DOI :
10.1787/18166873
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This series is designed to make available to a wider readership selected trade policy studies prepared for use within the OECD.

NB. No. 1 to No. 139 were released under the previous series title OECD Trade Policy Working Papers.

 

Assessing the Trade-Related Sources of Productivity Growth in Emerging Economies You or your institution have access to this content

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Author(s):
Przemyslaw Kowalski1, Max Büge1
Author Affiliations
  • 1: OECD, France

Publication Date
30 July 2013
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No.:
158
Pages
41
DOI
10.1787/5k437p82nxq1-en

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This paper contributes new empirical evidence on the relationship between productivity and international trade. This is accomplished using an econometric approach that combines input-output and productivity data, which allows a more detailed tracking of the relationship between trade in intermediate and final products and productivity in countries at different stages of economic development. The results show that various forms of trade integration strongly support productivity in emerging economies. Exporting final products, importing intermediates for domestic production and re-exporting are all associated with higher productivity levels, pointing to the particular importance for this country grouping of being able to integrate into regional and global value chains. Our results emphasise also important linkages between different economic sectors and call for broad-based approaches to facilitating integration with foreign intermediate inputs and final products markets.
Keywords:
intermediate imports, productivity, international trade, emerging economies, global value chains, developing economies
JEL Classification:
  • F13: International Economics / Trade / Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
  • F14: International Economics / Trade / Empirical Studies of Trade
  • F43: International Economics / Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance / Economic Growth of Open Economies
  • F63: International Economics / Globalization / Economic Development