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Do Export and Technological Specialisation Patterns Co-evolve in Terms of Convergence - Evidence From 19 OECD Countries, 1971-1991

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Several researchers looking at the development of international export specialisation patterns haveshown that there is a general tendency for OECD countries to de-specialise. This finding is incontrast to findings made by other authors, working on technological specialisation. These authorsfound increasing technological specialisation. The first aim of this paper is to investigate whetherthese contradictory findings are due to a !real world phenomenon, or whether the explanation ispurely technical, by comparing the development of export specialisation to specialisation in termsof US patents, using the same methodology, and level of aggregation. The second aim is to analysethe extent to which countries and sectors display stable specialisation patterns over time, also bothin terms of exports and in terms of technology.The paper confirms that the OECD countries did in general de-specialise in terms of exportspecialisation. The evidence is less conclusive with regard to technological specialisation, as theresults are mixed in the sense that just about half of the countries tend to increase in terms of thelevel of specialisation, while the other half tend to engage in de-specialisation. In terms of countryand sectoral stability of specialisation patterns, it can be concluded that both trade specialisation andtechnological specialisation patterns are path-dependent in the sense that all country and sectoralpatterns are correlated between seven three year intervals, within the period in question. Incomparison however, trade specialisation patters are more stable than are technologicalspecialisation patterns.

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Keld Laursen

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http://hdl.handle.net/10398/8098

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