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Has the International Fragmentation of German Exports Passed its Peak?

In the second half of the nineties the import content of German exports increased considerably. The article examines whether this trend has continued up to the present. A second question concerns the purpose of the imports. Are they intermediate inputs for the production of export goods or imports destined for immediate re-exports? Finally, it must be asked whether these events are singular: Is only Germany among the industrially developed West European countries affected by this development, or are other nations also? These issues are studied by means of tables and the standard static open model of input-output-analysis.

01. May 2008

Authors Udo Ludwig Hans-Ulrich Brautzsch

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