Title: Measuring quality, willingness to pay and selling capacity at a country-product-destination level using aggregate trade data
Authors: DI COMITE FRANCESCO
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2016
JRC N°: JRC102122
ISBN: 978-92-79-59413-7
ISSN: 1831-9424
Other Identifiers: EUR 27977 EN
OP LF-NA-27977-EN-N
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC102122
DOI: 10.2791/975002
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: This paper shows how a set of indicators can be developed to identify different components of external competitiveness using readily accessible, aggregate trade and macroeconomic data. A methodology is proposed, based on asymmetric quadratic preferences with heterogeneous consumers, to use trade data to identify quality at a country-product level and willingness to pay and selling capacity at a country-product-destination level. These indicators of competitiveness can be used to complement existing ones based on symmetric preferences with constant elasticity of substitution to refine our understanding of the determinants of a country's external position. An example of the type of analysis that can be performed with these indicators is illustrated focusing on two EU countries following diverging trajectories in terms of external competitiveness in recent years, Latvia and Finland.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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