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.
|Number of pages||17|
|Journal||Romanian Journal of Economic Forecasting|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2020|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)