Export performance: the role of existing and new products in Asian developing countries

Crawford School of Public Policy
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Event details

PhD Seminar (Econ)

Date & time

Friday 15 May 2020


Online via Zoom


Alongkorn Tanasritunyakul


Ryan Edwards

The paper examines the role of existing products and new products on export performance for Asian developing countries in 1990-2017. The method of export decomposition tracks the sources of export growth consisting of intensive, extensive, and failure margins. Based on SITC revision 3 at 5-digit data, we find the intensive margin (existing products) plays a crucial role in export success for total merchandise and its sub-category compared to the extensive margin (new products). There is less window of opportunity for new products when a country already diversifies highly its export basket. Lastly, failure margin (failure products) is not significantly high.

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