Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/203876
Authors: 
Burgstaller, Johann
Landesmann, Michael
Stehrer, Robert
Year of Publication: 
1999
Series/Report no.: 
wiiw Working Paper 11
Abstract: 
Although there exists a vast literature on convergence and divergence issue at the aggregate level, there is only little work on convergence and/or divergence processes of productivity and wage levels at the more disaggregated industrial level. These are especially important in the context of international trade regarding the dynamics of comparative advantages and resulting trade structures between developing and developed countries. In the first theoretical part, we discuss briefly some theoretical aspects of uneven sectoral productivity and wage catching-up processes, which determines patterns of dynamic comparative advantages and trade structures. Second, we present in Part A an econometric study of catching-up processes of wage rates and productivity levels and in Part B of export unit values (a measure of product quality); the analysis is conducted at the industrial level (ISIC 3-digit) over the period 1965-95 for a set of catching-up and more advanced economies. We use a large international sample of OECD, other European and Asian economies and undertake a cross-section and time-series analysis of convergence processes. In a separate exercise we examine the catching-up patterns of Central and Eastern European economies.
Subjects: 
industrial catching up
wages and productivity
international patterns of comparative advantage
vertical product differentiation in international trade
JEL: 
C21
C23
F14
J31
L6
O47
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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