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Specializations in Switzerland in the Nineteenth Century: Evolution of Trade Patterns and Growth Model

Authors
  • Charles, Léo
Publication Date
Sep 30, 2020
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1108/S0363-326820200000036001
OAI: oai:HAL:hal-04233540v1
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HAL
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Language
English
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Abstract

Using an original product level database, this article analyzes the nature and dynamics of Swiss specializations during the “first globalization” (1850–1913). I study the comparative advantages, as well as the evolution of the trade structure, in order to understand economic performance differences between Switzerland and France. Despite differences in terms of market size, some common trends are identified. I also argue that Switzerland's skilled labor force, along with an intelligent choice of economic policy, allowed this country to adapt its specialization structure to global demand and enjoy rapid economic growth.

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