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Dimensions of quality upgrading - Evidence for CEECs

Dulleck, Uwe, Foster, Neil, Stehrer, Robert, & Woerz, Julia (2005) Dimensions of quality upgrading - Evidence for CEECs. The Economics of Transition, 13(1), pp. 51-76.

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Abstract

The impact of the Central and Eastern European (CEE) economies' trade integration with European markets on CEE trade structures has been studied extensively. These studies frequently observe a quality upgrading of CEE exports. In this paper we consider three dimensions of quality upgrading: upgrading across industries, upgrading across different quality segments within industries and, finally, product upgrading within quality segments inside industries. For the analysis we partition industries into quality segments based on EU-15 import unit values. The results for ten CEE countries (comprising the CEE-5, the Baltics and South East Europe) and thirteen industries suggest fundamental differences, both across country groups and across the three different notions of quality upgrading. The CEE-5 show no evidence of entering a 'low-quality trap' in all three dimensions. By contrast, while there is a general catching-up process across industries and inside quality segments, the second notion of low-quality specialization may be applicable within the high-tech industries to the performance for the Baltics and South East Europe as a group.

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ID Code: 10299
Item Type: Journal Article
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DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0351.2005.00207.x
ISSN: 0967-0750
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Blackwell Publishing
Deposited On: 22 Oct 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:27

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