Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/193355
Authors: 
Bahar, Dany
Rosenow, Samuel
Stein, Ernesto
Wagner, Rodrigo Andres
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 12061
Abstract: 
The transition into non-traditional export activities attracts important policy and academic attention. Using international trade data, we explore how alternative linkages relate to the take-off and acceleration of export industries. Concretely, we run a horse-race among alternative Marshallian linkages across sectors: input-output relations, technology and labor. Technology has a predictive power depending on the specification used. We consistently find, however, that export take-offs are more likely to occur in sectors that are upstream to already competitive export industries. Our findings, which are mostly driven by developing economies, are consistent with Albert Hirschman's 60-yearold view that the forces behind upstream linkages fueled the growth of new competitive industries in the developing world.
Subjects: 
relatedness
comparative adventage
patents
labor
upstream
downstream
JEL: 
O14
O33
F14
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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