Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/203110
Authors: 
Domini, Giacomo
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
LEM Working Paper Series 2019/20
Abstract: 
This paper reconstructs Revealed Comparative Advantages (RCA) and Economic Complexity Indices (ECI) for a large number of countries in the second half of the 19th century, by using data from the catalogues of five universal exhibitions held in Paris in 1855, 1867, 1878, 1889, and 1900. This allows overcoming the lack of finely product-disaggregated comparative export data, on which such indices are typically constructed. The analysis of exhibition-based RCAs and ECIs reveals structural change and development processes experienced by countries during those decades, pointing out the relevance of countries' productive structures for long-run growth.
Subjects: 
patterns of specialisation
revealed comparative advantage
economic complexity
universal exhibitions
JEL: 
F14
F43
N10
O10
O47
O57
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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