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Electronics Production Upgrading: Is China Exceptional?

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  • Ari Van Assche

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  • Byron Gangnes

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In this paper, we make use of a unique world electronics production data set to assess China’s upgrading trajectory in the global electronics industry. Contrary to existing studies, we find no evidence that China’s electronics production activities are more sophisticated than one would expect from its level of development. We also find little evidence that China is rapidly upgrading into more sophisticated production activities. Cette étude emploie une banque de données unique sur la production électronique mondiale pour évaluer la trajectoire de perfectionnement de la Chine dans le secteur électronique mondial. Contrairement aux études existantes, nous ne trouvons aucune évidence que les activités de production de la Chine dans le secteur électronique sont plus sophistiquées que ce à quoi on pourrait s’attrendre de son niveau de développement. En plus, nous trouvons peu d'évidence que la Chine perfectionne rapidement ses activités de production.

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Paper provided by CIRANO in its series CIRANO Working Papers with number 2007s-16.

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Date of creation: 01 Aug 2007
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Handle: RePEc:cir:cirwor:2007s-16

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Keywords: China; industrial upgrading; electronics.; Chine; perfectionnement industriel; électronique.;

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  1. Pula, Gabor & Santabárbara, Daniel, 2011. "Is China climbing up the quality ladder? Estimating cross country differences in product quality using Eurostat's COMEXT trade database," Working Paper Series 1310, European Central Bank.
  2. Byron Gangnes & Ari Van Assche, 2010. "Global Production Networks in Electronics and Intra-Asian Trade," LICOS Discussion Papers 25710, LICOS - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance, KU Leuven.
  3. Sandra PONCET & Felipe STAROSTA DE WALDEMAR, 2012. "Export upgrading and growth: the prerequisite of domestic embeddedness," Working Papers P57, FERDI.
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  5. Giorgia Giovannetti & Marco Sanfilippo & Margherita Velucchi, 2011. "The “China effect” on EU Exports to OECD markets – A focus on Italy," Working Papers - Economics wp2011_17.rdf, Universita' degli Studi di Firenze, Dipartimento di Scienze per l'Economia e l'Impresa.
  6. Xu, Bin, 2010. "The sophistication of exports: Is China special?," China Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 21(3), pages 482-493, September.
  7. Zhu, Shujin & Fu, Xiaolan, 2013. "Drivers of Export Upgrading," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 51(C), pages 221-233.
  8. Ari Van Assche & Byron Gangnes, 2011. "Product Modularity and the Rise of Global Value Chains: Insights from the Electronics Industry," CIRANO Working Papers 2011s-64, CIRANO.
  9. Jarreau, Joachim & Poncet, Sandra, 2012. "Export sophistication and economic growth: Evidence from China," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 97(2), pages 281-292.
  10. Giorgia Giovannetti, Marco Sanfilippo and Margherita Velucchi, 2012. "The impact of China on manufacturing exports of Italy and Germany," RSCAS Working Papers 2012/26, European University Institute.
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