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This paper discusses the evolution of agricultural products comparative advantages in the state of Paraná foreign trade from 1989-2001, and verifies the predominant type of trade for those products. The methodology is based on calculation of indicators of Revealed Comparative Advantage (Balassa, 1965), Covering Tax and Intraindustry Trade (Grubel & Lloyd, 1975). Results regarding comparative advantages of agricultural products that belong to the Section II of NBM-NCM, showed that the chapters Coffee, tea, mate and spices and Oilseeds and oleaginous fruits, grains etc., are “strong points” of Paraná economy. Although the section Vegetal Products has been characterized by the predominance of intraindustry trade, Grubel and Lloyd indexes showed that, for all chapters from that section, interindustry trade prevails.

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