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Multinational Production Networks and the New Geo-economic Division of Labour in the Pacific Rim

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  • Prema-chandra Athukorala

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This paper examines the implications of international fragmentation of production for trade patterns in the Pacific Rim, with special emphasis on regional and global integration of countries in East Asia. The analysis reveals that the degree of dependence of East Asia on this new global division labour is much larger compared to the other countries in the Pacific Rim and Europe. Network- related trade in parts and components has certainly strengthened intra-regional economic interdependence among the East Asian countries, but this has not lessoned the dependence of growth dynamism of these countries on the global economy. The operation of cross-border production networks depends inexorably on trade in final goods with North America and the European Union. The paper also probes the challenges posed by the fragmentation-based international division of labour for the 'flying geese' approach to the analysis of growth patterns in East Asia.

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Paper provided by The Australian National University, Arndt-Corden Department of Economics in its series Departmental Working Papers with number 2006-09.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: 2006
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Handle: RePEc:pas:papers:2006-09

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Keywords: production fragmentation; multinational production networks; economic transition in China;

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  1. Kang, Moonsung & Kim, Hyuk Hwang & Lee, Hongshik & Lee, Joonhyung, 2010. "Regional production networks, service offshoring, and productivity in East Asia," Japan and the World Economy, Elsevier, vol. 22(3), pages 206-216, August.
  2. Li, Kunwang & Song, Ligang & Zhao, Xingjun, 2008. "Component Trade and China?s Global Economic Integration," Working Paper Series RP2008/101, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
  3. Dean, Judith & Fung, K.C. & Wang, Zhi, 2008. "How vertically specialized is Chinese trade?," BOFIT Discussion Papers 31/2008, Bank of Finland, Institute for Economies in Transition.
  4. Tzu-Han YANG & Deng-Shing HUANG, 2011. "Multinational Corporations, FDI and the East Asian Economic Integration," Discussion papers 11071, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).

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