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Social Network Analysis of International Trade Among EU Member States(2009-2015)

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DOI: 10.25236/msied.2018.011


Yusheng Jiao

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Yusheng Jiao


Since 2009, due to the global economic crisis, European debt crisis and the British falling out Europe and other factors, the internal structure of the European Union has changed. Through the method of social network analysis, this paper discussed the changes of international trade network pattern of EU member states. We find that when the international trade between EU members is more intense, the whole network will shows the discrete trend, and vice versa. For the traditional sense of the outer ring, Finland, Portugal, Greece and Luxembourg centrality continues to decline, indicating that influence on the EU of these peripheral countries are declining. Germany's position in the EU continued to strengthen, at the same time, the influence of EU on Germany exceeds the influence of Germany to the EU, which means Germany's profit from EU exceeds Germany's contribution to EU in the process of integration of EU, that is to say,the integration effect is obvious. The core periphery trend of EU is obvious, while the core periphery trend in the EU continue to strengthen.


Social Network Analysis, Trade Network, EU