Education and the Evolution of Comparative Advantage

Publication | March 2021

This paper provides the first evidence that countries with high education levels were more successful in developing comparative advantage in products unrelated to those they already export.

The results of the study are supported by analysis of the evolution of comparative advantage in 1,240 products from 49 low- and middle-income countries between 1995 and 2015. The evidence also shows that education appears unimportant for developing comparative advantage in products that are intrinsically complex or education intensive.

Contents 

  • Introduction
  • Specification
  • Data
  • Results
  • Conclusions
  • Appendix

Additional Details

Authors
Type
Series
Subjects
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Industry and trade
Pages
  • 46
Dimensions
  • 8.5 x 11
SKU
  • WPS210096-2
ISSN
  • 2313-5867 (print)
  • 2313-5875 (electronic)

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