A disaggregated analysis of EU imports: the implications for the study of patterns of trade and technology

Kaplinsky, Raphael and Santos-Paulino, Amelia U. (2006). A disaggregated analysis of EU imports: the implications for the study of patterns of trade and technology. Cambridge Journal of Economics, 30(4) pp. 587–611.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/cje/bei098

Abstract

This paper examines trends in the unit prices of manufactured imports into the European Union (EU) in the period 1988-2002. This is undertaken at a high level of disaggregation, and it is this decomposition which we believe has important implications both for a range of bodies of economic analysis and for policy. The analyses undertaken in this paper confirm that disaggregation matters in helping to identify unit-price trends. We have also shown that unit-price trends vary with the type of economy exporting into Europe and the type of product being exported, and that these results are robust at high levels of disaggregation.

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