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Beyond Flying Geese: The Expansion of East Asia"s Electronics Trade

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  • An--Chi Tung

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The flying geese (FG) hypothesis, which asserts the sequential catching--up processes of the latecomers, holds well in the past. Yet a simultaneous boom within the electronics industry across East Asia casts doubt on the applicability of the hypothesis. By using the RCA and NET indices, the paper finds that the FG pattern shows in the electronics industry as a whole, but not always so at the disaggregated level. This suggests that the FG formation may not appear in other industries, if they are involved in international production fragmentation or have differentiated products, and if certain latecomers have become new leaders. Copyright Verein für Socialpolitik and Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2003

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  • An--Chi Tung, 2003. "Beyond Flying Geese: The Expansion of East Asia"s Electronics Trade," German Economic Review, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 4(1), pages 35-51, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:germec:v:4:y:2003:i:1:p:35-51
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    1. Prema-chandra Athukorala, 2006. "Multinational Production Networks and the New Geo-economic Division of Labour in the Pacific Rim," Departmental Working Papers 2006-09, The Australian National University, Arndt-Corden Department of Economics.

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