Working Paper BETA #2015-26

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Title : Productivity, resource endowment and trade performance of the wood product sector.

Author(s) : Bertrand M. Koebel, Anne-Laure Levet, Phu Nguyen-Van, Indradev Purohoo, Ludovic Guinard

Abstract : This paper analyzes the determinants of international trade of wood products, considering three main groups: woodworking products, pulp and paper and wooden furniture. We extend the Heckscher-Ohlin-Vanek (HOV) framework in order to take into account the forest resource endowment as well as industrial performance factors. Empirical tests are based on data on European countries between 1995 and 2007. The HOV hypothesis is partially confirmed in that the forest resource endowment is a significant determinant for explaining differences in net trade of two products (pulp and paper and furniture) but not for woodworking products. In addition, empirical tests also show the limits of the HOV model for explaining international trade of wood products. Indeed, factors reflecting industrial performance of wood sectors, including total factor productivity and average labor cost, have a significant role in determining differences in net trade of wood products.

Key-words : Heckscher-Ohlin-Vanek hypothesis; international trade; wood products, panel data.

JEL Classification : F10; L60; Q23.