The Quality and Variety of Exports from New EU Member States: Evidence from Very Disaggregated Data

03  March 2011    4:00 pm CET

Konstantins Benkovskis, Bank of Latvia (currently spending a research period at OeNB)

In cooperation with:


wiiw, Rahlgasse 3, 1060 Vienna, lecture hall (entrance from the ground floor)


According to trade theories, the average quantity of exported goods is not the only parameter of export performance – the variety and quality of exports also play an important role.
The goal of this paper is to evaluate the variety and quality of exports from the new EU member states in 1999-2009.
Beside unit values, which play an important role in defining export quality, our calculations also take into account market shares and the level of monopoly power of firms in a particular market.
We found that all NMS significantly increased their average number of brands exported to the EU market; moreover, all NMS were able to increase the average quality of their exports during the 10-year period.

Keywords: new EU member states, exports, quality, variety

JEL classification: C43, F12, F14, O52