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Trade unions, product quality and the structure of international trade

Oulton, Nicholas (1989) Trade unions, product quality and the structure of international trade. In: Black, John and MacBean, Alasdair I., (eds.) Causes of Changes in the Structure of International Trade, 1960-1985. International Economics Study Group. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781349101337

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The falling UK share of world trade in manufactures is one of the great empirical regularities of economics, worthy to stand beside other ‘stylised facts’ like the rising capital-output ratio. Those who have studied the matter empirically seem agreed that non-price factors- such as failure to innovate, poor marketing and after-sales service — should bear the brunt of the blame. Much anecdotal evidence supports this view. There is also quantitative evidence in the shape of the low unit values, relative to competitors, of many categories of UK exports which suggest relatively low quality or less sophisticated products (Posner and Steer, 1979; Stout, 1979).

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Additional Information: © 1989 Palgrave
Divisions: Centre for Macroeconomics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2020 14:36
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2021 23:06

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