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The 'Sophistication' Of Exports: A New Measure Of Product Characteristics.

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Trade data are often classified by product characteristics. We propose a new classification "sophistication" as a means of distinguishing between products. We construct a sophistication index based on the income levels of exporting economies. Sophistication captures a range of factors including technology, ease of product fragmentation, natural resource availability, and marketing. We calculate sophistication scores at the 3- and 4-digit levels and test how far the index relates to existing t...

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QEH (University of Oxford)
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Working Paper Series
Publication date:
2005-01-01
Language:
English
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uuid:1eb5e0db-9197-4d82-b513-035ef3d8a229
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oai:economics.ouls.ox.ac.uk:12904
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2011-08-15

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