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The Sophistication of East Asian Exports

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  • THORBECKE, Willem
  • Hao-Kai PAI

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Hausmann, Hwang, and Rodrik (2007) found that countries that export more sophisticated products tend to subsequently grow more rapidly. We examine the sophistication of Asia's exports using Hausmann et al.'s and Kwan's (2002) measures. Japan remains the technology leader in Asia, but not in the world. In 2012, Japan's exports competed with those of South Korea and Taiwan and were complementary with those of China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). South Korea and Taiwan competed intensely with each other but less so with China and ASEAN, while ASEAN countries competed extensively with each other. Given the high levels of competition and cooperation among East Asian countries, greater exchange rate stability in the region would reduce export volatility among competitors and facilitate trade among comrades.

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Paper provided by Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) in its series Discussion papers with number 13092.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2013
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Handle: RePEc:eti:dpaper:13092

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  1. Willem Thorbecke & Mario Lamberte & Ginalyn Komoto, 2010. "Promoting Learning and Industrial Upgrading in ASEAN Countries," Finance Working Papers 23287, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
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  1. Thorbecke, Willem, 2014. "The contribution of the yen appreciation since 2007 to the Japanese economic debacle," Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, Elsevier, vol. 31(C), pages 1-15.

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