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Reforming State Owned Enterprises in China: Effects of WTO Accession

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  • Claustre Bajona

    (Ryerson University)

  • Tianshu Chu

    (East-West Center)

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In December 2001 China became a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO). By signing the accession protocol China not only agreed to reform its trade policy but it also accepted regulations that imply reductions on government subsidies to the state-owned sector. In this paper we claim that the latter, largely ignored in the literature, generate important welfare gains that need to be attributed to WTO accession. We develop a dynamic general equilibrium model with state and private enterprises. We calibrate the model to the Chinese economy and we quantitatively assess the economic effects of reducing subsidies to the state sector as required by the WTO. We find the welfare benefits of such reduction in subsidies to be substantial. Using the context of China, this paper identifies a new channel through which WTO accession increases a country's welfare: it induces reforms on domestic subsidies which lead to an increase in economic efficiency. (Copyright: Elsevier)

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Article provided by Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics in its journal Review of Economic Dynamics.

Volume (Year): 13 (2010)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 800-823

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Keywords: State-owned enterprises; WTO accession; China; Government subsidies to industry;

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  1. Suparna Chakraborty & Keisuke Otsu, 2012. "Deconstructing Growth - A Business Cycle Accounting Approach with application to BRICs," Studies in Economics 1212, Department of Economics, University of Kent.
  2. Fabrice Defever & Alejandro Riaño, 2012. "China's Pure Exporter Subsidies," CESifo Working Paper Series 4054, CESifo Group Munich.
  3. Timothy J. Kehoe & Kim J. Ruhl, 2010. "Why Have Economic Reforms in Mexico Not Generated Growth?," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 48(4), pages 1005-27, December.
  4. Bajona, Claustre & Kelly, David L., 2012. "Trade and the environment with pre-existing subsidies: A dynamic general equilibrium analysis," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 64(2), pages 253-278.
  5. Seok, Byoung Hoon, 2011. "Growth and Global Imbalances: The Role of Learning-by-Exporting," MPRA Paper 46506, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 30 Mar 2013.
  6. Seok, Byoung Hoon, 2011. "Growth and Global Imbalances: The Role of Learning-by-Exporting," MPRA Paper 49484, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 30 Aug 2013.
  7. Herrala, Risto & Jia, Yandong, 2012. "Has the Chinese growth model changed? A view from the credit market," BOFIT Discussion Papers 5/2012, Bank of Finland, Institute for Economies in Transition.

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