Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/154152
Authors: 
Dautovic, Ernest
Orszaghova, Lucia
Schudel, Willem
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
ECB Working Paper 1719
Abstract: 
The rapid increase in intra-industry trade (IIT) between the EU15 and Central, Eastern and South-Eastern European (CESEE) countries after the collapse of the Soviet Union indicates a structural change in the nature of trade in CESEE and a new process of transition and real convergence to the EU. Using a product-level trade flows database and employing linear and non-linear panel data specifications, this paper assesses the determinants of intra-industry trade between the EU15 as the main trading block and CESEE, which are further divided into the ‘new’ EU member states (NMS) and the EU candidate countries and potential candidates (CCPC). The analysis highlights the importance of intra-industry trade in terms of achieving real convergence. The paper finds that there exist some common factors driving IIT across the sample, such as the corporate tax rate, the flexibility of exchange rate regimes and the quality of political institutions. However, the determinants of IIT between NMS and EU15 countries deviate considerably from those between CCPC and EU15 countries.
Subjects: 
Central and Eastern Europe
convergence criteria
economic integration
emerging Europe
EU candidate countries
horizontal IIT
intra-industry trade
panel data
real convergence
South-Eastern Europe
transition
vertical IIT
Western Balkan
JEL: 
F14
F15
F10
ISBN: 
978-92-899-1127-6
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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