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Dynamic Comparative Advantages in the ASEAN+3


  • Widodo, Tri

    () (Gadjah Mada University)


This paper aims to investigate the dynamic changes in comparative advantage of the ASEAN, China, Republic of Korea and Japan (commonly abbreviated as the ASEAN+3). By applying statistical and econometric methods on Revealed Symmetric Comparative Advantage (RSCA) index, this paper concludes that there have been changes in the patterns of comparative advantage in the ASEAN+3. The increases in overall comparative advantage are encouraged by the higher increases in comparative advantage of groups of products that had no or lower comparative advantage in the past. The comparative advantage pattern of the ASEAN is becoming similar with that of Japan. However, there is no stationary level of similarity in the patterns of comparative advantage.

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  • Widodo, Tri, 2009. "Dynamic Comparative Advantages in the ASEAN+3," Journal of Economic Integration, Center for Economic Integration, Sejong University, vol. 24, pages 505-529.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:integr:0484

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    1. Ervani, Eva & Widodo, Tri & M. Purnawan, Edhie, 2018. "East Asia’s Pattern of Export Specialization: Does Indonesia Compete with Japan, China, Hong Kong, Korea and Singapore?," MPRA Paper 85259, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Mukhriz Izraf Azman Aziz & Jauhari Dahalan, 2015. "The Impacts of Oil Price Fluctuations on Revealed Comparative Advantage of Manufacturing Commodities for ASEAN-5 Economies," International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy, Econjournals, vol. 5(4), pages 1098-1108.

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    comparative advantage; specialization and de-specialization; convergence;

    JEL classification:

    • F10 - International Economics - - Trade - - - General
    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • F17 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Forecasting and Simulation


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