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Dynamics of Chinese Comparative Advantage

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  • Jeroen Hinloopen

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    (Faculty of Economics and Econometrics, Universiteit van Amsterdam)

  • Charles van Marrewijk

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    (Faculty of Economics, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam)

Abstract

We analyze the dynamics of Chinese comparative advantage as measured by export shares and the Balassa index using 3-digit and 4-digit sectors for the period 1970 – 1997. We use novel tools to identify periods of rapid structural change and the persistence of comparative advantage, such as Galtonian regressions, probability-probability (p-p) plots, and the Harmonic Mass index, to supplement the usual descriptive statistical methods and mobility indicators associated with Markov transition matrices.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 04-034/2.

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Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:20040034

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Keywords: Balassa index; distribution dynamics; Galtonian regression; Markov matrices; P-P plots; HM index;

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  1. Amador, João & Cabral, Sónia & Ramos Maria, José, 2007. "International Trade Patterns over the Last Four Decades: How does Portugal Compare with other Cohesion Countries?," MPRA Paper 5996, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Fertő, Imre & Bojnec, Štefan, 2007. "Comparative Advantages in Agro-Food Trade of Central European and Balkans' Countries with the European Union," 100th Seminar, June 21-23, 2007, Novi Sad, Serbia and Montenegro 162388, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
  3. Ferto, Imre, 2008. "Comparative Advantage And Trade Competitiveness In Hungarian Agriculture," Bulletin of the Szent Istvan University 43326, Szent Istvan University, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences.
  4. Henri de Groot & Jessie Bakens, 2007. "Globalisation and the Dutch economy; a case study to the influence of the emergence of China and Eastern Europe on Dutch international trade," CPB Discussion Paper 89, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.
  5. Jeroen Hinloopen & Charles van Marrewijk, 2008. "Empirical relevance of the Hillman condition for revealed comparative advantage: 10 stylized facts," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 40(18), pages 2313-2328.
  6. Wim Suyker & Henri de Groot, 2006. "China and the Dutch economy," CPB Document 127, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.

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