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A disaggregated analysis of EU imports: the implications for the study of patterns of trade and technology

Kaplinsky, R   Santos-Paulino, AU

Cambridge Journal of Economics   30 (4) 587-611

July 2006   (First published online December 2005)

http://cje.oxfordjournals.org/content/30/4/587.abstract

This paper examines trends in the unit prices of manufactured imports into the European Union (EU) in the period 1988'“2002. This is undertaken at a high level of disaggregation, and it is this decomposition which we believe has important implications both for a range of bodies of economic analysis and for policy. The analyses undertaken in this paper confirm that disaggregation matters in helping to identify unit-price trends. We have also shown that unit-price trends vary with the type of economy exporting into Europe and the type of product being exported, and that these results are robust at high levels of disaggregation.