Trade theories predict and explain the consequences of economic integration. Generally, they show that freer international trade leads to specialisation, technological convergence and faster economic growth. This study compares the conclusions of the trade theories with empirical observations of economic changes in the European Union. These empirical analyses show that the main conclusions also hold empirically. However, many detailed empirical observations often contrast the theoretical expectation. Hence, although the trade theories do predict the general changes correctly, they are not capable of predicting the more specific empirical outcomes. The empirical analyses use intercountry input-output tables in constant prices with 6 EU countries (Germany, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark) of the years 1970, 1975, 1980 and 1985.These data prove to be a valuable contribution to analysing the economic effects of international integration, since they provide a consistent database that can be used to analyse many economic aspects, such as technology, specialisation, intra-industry trade, economic growth, sectoral distribution, and direct and indirect effects.This book will be especially useful to Regional Economists and Economists specialising in international trade, input-output analysis or European integration.
...Constructs a series of intercountry EC input-output tables in constant prices and uses these to analyze changes in Germany, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark during economic integration between 1970 and 1985. Journal of Economic Literature
Section Headings: Acknowledgements. List of Variables and Notation. Introduction. International and European Integration. Intercountry EC Input-Output Tables in Constant Prices. Analysis of Value Added: Size, Growth, Mulitpliers, and Spillovers. A Decomposition of Value Added Growth. Intra-Industry Trade and Specialisation. Structural Convergence. Summary and Conuclusions. References. Index.