International convergence and divergence of material input structures: an industry-level perspective
Abstract:This article analyses whether international material input structures have converged or diverged over time. Pooled variances for 25 industries were obtained from OECD input-output tables in constant prices for nine countries over the period 1971-1990. It is found that high-tech industries were mainly characterized by divergence of material input structures, whereas convergence was found for many low-tech, more mature industries. In line with studies on (labour) productivity growth rates, convergence of material input structures was prevalent in the 1970s, while divergence dominated in the 1980s.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: University of Groningen, Faculty of Economics/Groningen Growth and Development Centre, NL-9700 AV Groningen, The Netherlands 2: Dutch Association of Insurers, Centre for Insurance Statistics, The Hague 3: First Berlin Equity Research GmbH, Lennestr 9, 10785 Berlin
Publication date: 2009-12-01