Room to move: Why some industries drive the trade-specialization nexus and others do not

Jaap W.B. Bos*

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We investigate which industries drive the trade-specialization nexus in the european union over the 1997–2006 period. We study the impact of the reallocation of resources within industries. We find that the true drivers of the trade-specialization nexus are productive firms, who benefit from the increase in trade openness by appropriating resources from less productive firms, coinciding with the expansion of the industry in which they operate, at the expense of other industries, in which there is no room to make such moves.keywordstrade barrierslatent class modelgravity model.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in efficiency and productivity analysis
Subtitle of host publicationNAPW 2018
EditorsChristopher F. Parmeter, Robin C. Sickles
PublisherSpringer, Cham
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-47106-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-47105-7
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

SeriesSpringer Proceedings in Business and Economics


  • trade barriers
  • latent class model
  • gravity model

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