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International Competitiveness in Services in Some European Countries: Basic Facts and a Preliminary Attempt of Interpretation

Díaz de la Guardia Bueno, Carlos and Molero Zayas, José and Valadez, Patricia (2005) International Competitiveness in Services in Some European Countries: Basic Facts and a Preliminary Attempt of Interpretation. [ Working Papers; nº 01/05, ]

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Abstract

In spite of the increasing economic and social importance of services, the analysis of their
international competitiveness is still in its very preliminary stages. The lack of adequate
statistical information and theoretical background explains that backwardness. The aim of
this paper is to contribute to a better understanding of competitiveness in services activities
of European countries. To carry out this task the investigation is divides into two
parts: the first consists of the classification of the competitive position of the economies
along 1990-2001 according to the competitiveness matrix developed by the UNO and the
World Bank. Secondly, a first attempt of interpretation is made by exploring the factors
which can explain the different behaviour of the countries, giving an especial importance
to elements related to knowledge incorporation. In both cases, three sub-sectors are considered:
transport and communication, travel and other business services. Finally, a number
of recommendations as well as future research topics are included in the conclusions.


Item Type:Working Paper or Technical Report
Uncontrolled Keywords:Services, Competitiveness, Internationalisation, Knowledge.
Subjects:Social sciences > Economics > World economy
Social sciences > Economics > Economic development
Series Name:Working Papers
Volume:
Number:01/05
ID Code:10531
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