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Dynamic Comparative Advantage: Implications for China

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  • Lim, Steven
  • Feng, Gary

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Over the last two decades the structure of the Chinese economy has transformed rapidly. The transformation has had a significant impact on other economies, particularly as Chinese exports maintain their global ascendance. The economic threats and opportunities posed by China will continue to change over time. Yet very little research has been conducted on the economic forces that spur the transformation of China’s economic structure. We present a model of the forces underpinning China’s evolving economy, investigating the determinants of China’s progression through key economic stages, including the initial transition from agriculture to manufacturing. To highlight the speed of structural transformation we analyze data from 1985-2003. Our forecasts suggest that while China currently has a comparative advantage in labor-intensive manufacturing, comparative advantage is likely to shift to capital-intensive industry early in the next decade.

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  • Lim, Steven & Feng, Gary, 2005. "Dynamic Comparative Advantage: Implications for China," Review of Applied Economics, Review of Applied Economics, vol. 1(2).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:reapec:50273
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    1. Dowlinga, Malcolm & Cheang, Chia Tien, 2000. "Shifting comparative advantage in Asia: new tests of the "flying geese" model," Journal of Asian Economics, Elsevier, vol. 11(4), pages 443-463.
    2. Lin, Justin Yifu, 1992. "Rural Reforms and Agricultural Growth in China," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 82(1), pages 34-51, March.
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    Keywords

    Flying Geese model; comparative advantage; China; International Relations/Trade; O41; O53; P27;

    JEL classification:

    • O41 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models
    • O53 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Asia including Middle East
    • P27 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - Performance and Prospects

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