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Estimating domestic content in exports when processing trade is pervasive

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  • Koopman, Robert
  • Wang, Zhi
  • Wei, Shang-Jin

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For many questions, it is crucial to know the extent of domestic value added (DVA) in a country's exports, but the computation is more complicated when processing trade is pervasive. We propose a method for computing domestic and foreign contents that allows for processing trade. By applying our framework to Chinese data, we estimate that the share of domestic content in its manufactured exports was about 50% before China's WTO membership, and has risen to nearly 60% since then. There are also interesting variations across sectors. Those sectors that are likely labeled as relatively sophisticated such as electronic devices have particularly low domestic content (about 30% or less).

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Development Economics.

Volume (Year): 99 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 178-189

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Handle: RePEc:eee:deveco:v:99:y:2012:i:1:p:178-189

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Keywords: Domestic content; Foreign content; Processing exports; Duty drawback; Vertical specialization; Global production chains; Chinese economy;

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  1. China’s prospects for export-driven growth
    by Brendan Coates in East Asia Forum on 2013-03-08 23:00:55
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  1. Byron S. Gangnes & Alyson C. Ma & Ari Van Assche, 2014. "Global Value Chains and Trade Elasticities," Working Papers 2014-2, University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization, University of Hawaii at Manoa.
  2. Brendan Coates & Dougal Horton & Lachlan McNamee, 2012. "China: prospects for export-driven growth," Economic Roundup, Treasury, Australian Government, issue 4, pages 79-102, December.
  3. Upward, Richard & Wang, Zheng & Zheng, Jinghai, 2013. "Weighing China’s export basket: The domestic content and technology intensity of Chinese exports," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 41(2), pages 527-543.
  4. Timmer, Marcel & Stehrer, Robert & Los, Bart & Vries, Gaaitzen J. de, 2012. "Fragmentation, Incomes and Jobs. An analysis of European competitiveness," GGDC Research Memorandum GD-130, Groningen Growth and Development Centre, University of Groningen.
  5. Byron S. Gangnes & Alyson C. Ma & Ari Van Assche, 2014. "Global Value Chains and Trade Elasticities," Working Papers 201401, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics.
  6. Liu, Xuepeng, 2013. "Tax avoidance through re-imports: The case of redundant trade," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 104(C), pages 152-164.

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