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Core-periphery analysis: a tale of two nations

Jacobson, David and Mack, Richard S. (1996) Core-periphery analysis: a tale of two nations. DCU Business School Research Paper Series. (Paper No. 8). Dublin City University Business School, Ireland. ISSN: 1393-290X

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Bias, unreliability and omission have been documented in traditional sources of trade data; the lack of service data in trade statistics is the most frequently cited shortcoming. Current trade liberalization is likely to exacerbate these deficiencies. This paper develops and applies a location quotient based methodology for analysing core-periphery dualism, thus obviating the use of trade data. Our application to the European Union shows agglomeration in core areas of high technology, large scale manufacturing, and producer service industries. Peripheral countries are shown to specialize in agriculture, extractives, low technology manufacturing, and standardized production. Detailed examination of two peripheral economies, Ireland and Denmark, finds that each departs from the mean of peripheral nations. A comparison of proxied trade data to actual trade data indicates that the location quotient method is a statistically viable means of proxying trade patterns.

Item Type:Working Paper (No. 8)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Core Periphery; European Union; Location Quotient; Ireland; Denmark;
Subjects:Business > Economics
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > DCU Business School > DCU Business School Research Paper Series
Publisher:Dublin City University Business School
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:2094
Deposited On:05 Nov 2008 15:37 by Rachel Keegan. Last Modified 05 Nov 2008 16:20

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