The Dynamics of Hungarian Agri-Food Trade Patterns in the EU

Fertő, I. (2003) The Dynamics of Hungarian Agri-Food Trade Patterns in the EU. Acta Oeconomica, 53 (4). pp. 385-399. ISSN 0001-6373

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The evolving pattern of Hungary's agri-food trade is analysed using recently developed empirical procedures based on the classic Balassa index and its symmetric transformation. The extent of trade specialisation exhibits a declining trend; Hungary has lost comparative advantage for a number of product groups over time. The indices of specialisation have also tended to converge. For particular product groups, the indices display a less persistent pattern. They are stable for product groups with comparative disadvantage, but product groups with weak to strong comparative advantage show significant variation. The results reinforce the finding of a general decrease in specialisation, but do not support the idea of self-reinforcing mechanisms, emphasised strongly in much of the endogenous growth and trade literature.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences / társadalomtudományok > H Social Sciences (General) / társadalomtudomány általában
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Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2017 11:58
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2017 11:58

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