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Wake up and smell the ginseng: International trade and the rise of incremental innovation in low-wage countries

  • Puga, Diego
  • Trefler, Daniel

Increasingly, a small number of low-wage countries such as China and India are involved in incremental innovation. That is, they are responsible for resolving production-line bugs and suggesting product improvements. We provide evidence of this new phenomenon and develop a model in which there is a transition from old-style product-cycle trade to trade involving incremental innovation in low-wage countries. The model explains why levels of involvement in incremental innovation vary across low-wage countries and across firms within each low-wage country. We draw out implications for sectoral earnings, living standards, the capital account and, foremost, international trade in goods.

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Volume (Year): 91 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 64-76

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