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Foreign Direct Investment, Intra-Regional Trade and Production Sharing in East Asia

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  • Nathalie AMINIAN
  • K. C. FUNG
  • IIZAKA Hitomi

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The aim of this paper is twofold. First, it examines the trend and nature of East Asian trade. The United Nations BEC classification is utilized to categorize total trade into trade in semi-finished goods, trade in components and parts, trade in capital goods as well as trade in final consumption goods. It shows that the increasing importance of East Asia as a trading region is due at least partially to the rising trade in components and parts. Next, it tries to find out if foreign direct investment plays a role in the import and export behavior of East Asian intra-regional trade. Using a gravity model, it evidences that in general FDI is important in explaining imports and exports of intra-East Asian trade. In particular, FDI is especially important in explaining trade in components and parts, followed by trade in capital goods. This helps confirm that FDI and trade associated with production fragmentation in East Asia are complementary.

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Paper provided by Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) in its series Discussion papers with number 07064.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2007
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Handle: RePEc:eti:dpaper:07064

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  1. Xu, Juanyi, 2011. "The optimal currency basket under vertical trade," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 30(7), pages 1323-1340.
  2. Cheewatrakoolpong, Kornkarun & Sabhasri, Chayodom & Bunditwattanawong, Nath, 2013. "Impact of the ASEAN Economic Community on ASEAN Production Networks," ADBI Working Papers 409, Asian Development Bank Institute.

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