Work detail

Sophistication of European Union’s Exports

Author: Mgr. Šárka Benešová
Year: 2015 - summer
Leaders: doc. Petr Janský Ph.D.
Consultants:
Work type: EEI & EP
Masters
Language: English
Pages: 79
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Link: https://is.cuni.cz/webapps/zzp/detail/138314/
Abstract: The aim of this thesis is to provide the assessment of trade-quality relationship for European
Union. This thesis is beneficial as it answers the question if quality substantively affects
traded volume and economic development in EU. Further, it should be helpful to decision
making procedure concerning international trade as it identifies exported product
characteristics which can lead to faster economic growth. This thesis verifies whether export
sophistication positively influences traded volume in 27 members of the EU (Luxembourg is
excluded due to limits in data) in year 2013. The most recent innovations in quality
measurement and estimation technique, the quality index and two stages of gravity model of
international trade are applied in this thesis to be the most accurate and up-to-date as possible.
This thesis confirms that sophistication in EU presents significant factor of products and the
rise in quality helps to more intensive trade and can result in faster economic growth. The
result was checked for possible biases in two specifications, in single country and industry
level estimations. The importance of quality for trade was supported in all these
concretizations.

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