Publication: Structure and Performance of the Services Sector in Transition Economies
This paper examines the structure and performance of the services sector in Eastern European and Central Asian countries during 1997-2004. Services represent an increasing share of total value added and employment with the major sub-sectors being wholesale trade, retail trade, inland transport, telecommunications, and real estate activities. A clear divide separates EU-5 countries from South Eastern European countries and Ukraine in terms of services labor productivity. Although a large gap in productivity also separates EU-8 countries from EU-15 countries, that gap was reduced from 1997 to 2004 as most services sub-sectors experienced fast productivity growth. High skill intensive sub-sectors and information and communications technology producers and users have exhibited higher productivity levels and growth rates relative to other sub-sectors since 2000. The author finds a positive effect of services liberalization on the productivity growth of services sub-sectors. The author also finds a positive and significant effect of services liberalization in both finance and infrastructure on the productivity of downstream manufacturing.
“Fernandes, Ana M.. 2007. Structure and Performance of the Services Sector in Transition Economies. Policy Research Working Paper; No. 4357. © World Bank, Washington, DC. http://openknowledge.worldbank.org/entities/publication/b2857204-9b9a-5965-bc6a-0e80177b514c License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”
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