China's International Competitiveness: Reassessing the Evidence
AbstractIn this paper we argue that export data are an inadequate tool to measure a country's international competitiveness when external trade is dominated by export-processing trade. Export data do not necessarily reflect the value produced in an exporting country, but rather capture the gross value of the products that leave a country's ports. We demonstrate that, in the case of China, this leads to an upward bias in both the perceived quantitative and qualitative threats to the Western economies.
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China; export-processing trade; technological intensity; trade balance;
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- NEP-CNA-2008-05-10 (China)
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