Go West? The Influence of Eastern Countries on the Export Volume of the German Federal State Saxony: An Econometrical Analysis of Saxon Foreign Trade

By Stefanie Lösch, Stephan Rudolph and Stefan Lämmer.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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The present paper considers the foreign trade of the German state Saxony with 38 countries combine over 10 years to explain the export volume in these countries using a generalized gravity approach. As one of Germany’s “new federal states”, Saxony had been part of the Eastern Bloc until it became part of the European Union by the reunification of Germany in 1990. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the effects of the accession to the European Union on Saxony’s trade structure. By analyzing Saxony’s trade relations with the Central and Eastern European countries, which became part of the European Union between 2004 and 2007, it can be shown that the Saxon exports to these countries were higher than average during the observed time. The results indicate that there are positive effects for China and Russia as well.

Keywords: International Trade, Empirical Analysis, Panel Data

Global Studies Journal, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp.55-66. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.165MB).

Stefanie Lösch

Research Assistant, Chair of Traffic Econometrics and Statistics, Institute of Transport & Economics, Faculty of Traffic Sciences, Dresden University of Technology, Dresden, Germany

Stephan Rudolph

Dresden University of Technology, Germany

Stefan Lämmer

Temporary Chair Leader, Faculty of Transportation and Traffic Sciences "Friedrich List", Dresden University of Technology, Dresden, Germany


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