Export composition and the eurozone trade balance in manufacturing goods

Carlos A. Carrasco*, Edgar D. Tovar-Garcia

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Some Eurozone countries have been characterised by a persistently increasing trend in the external imbalances, involving potential risks. This research is pioneering in analysing the effects of export composition on the trade balance in manufacturing goods using bilateral trade flows among the EA-12 countries and their EU-15 partners. Based on dynamic panel data regression models, the results indicated a robust association between the share of high-technology export goods and the trade balance. This association is robust during the period of growing imbalances (1999-2007) and for an expanded time span (1999-2015). In contrast to previous studies, traditional explanatory variables such as income elasticity and price elasticity did not show significant associations. Therefore, the policy makers need to be aware that the economic specializations of their countries, especially their export structures, play key roles in explaining and managing the external imbalances.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-150
Number of pages17
JournalRomanian Journal of Economic Forecasting
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020

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  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)


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