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Mahdi Ghodsi
Is Austria's economy locked-in in the CESEE region? Austria's competitiveness at the micro-level
Empirica, 2020, 47(3), S.669-693, http://www.springer.com/10663
This paper analyses the competitiveness of Austrian manufacturing industries by comparing the performance of Austrian firms with the Western European firms using recent estimates of total factor productivity (TFP) across Wider Europe (EU 28 plus Western Balkans) during the period 2007-2015. According to the TFP estimates, Austrian firms with larger turnovers, and less employment, in regions with less regional-industrial concentration of labour have become more competitive in terms of TFP. Using firm's TFP and other characteristics aggregated by industries across Wider Europe, a structural gravity model for exports is estimated. In line with the Ricardian models of trade and new trade theories, results show that larger trade across countries in the sample is driven by intra-firm trade, and comparative advantages that are measured as better efficiency of industries in terms of simple average of TFP growth of firms and more allocation of capital to more efficient firms. Comparing the actual values of exports from Austria to Central, East and Southeast Europe (CESEE) with the counterfactual predicted values of the structural gravity model, I find that since 2012 excessive exports were directed to Western Europe rather than to CESEE. In a robustness check using unilateral export values, these interesting findings also confirm that a potential Austrian lock-in effect in the CESEE region reversed and trade diverged to the more competitive market of Western Europe.
Forschungsbereich:Industrieökonomie, Innovation und internationaler Wettbewerb

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