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Electronics production upgrading: is China exceptional?

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  • Ari Van Assche
  • Byron Gangnes

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In this article, we make use of a unique world electronics production dataset to assess China's upgrading trajectory in the global electronics industry. Contrary to existing trade studies, we find no evidence that China's electronics production activities are more sophisticated than one would expect from its level of development. We also find little evidence that China is rapidly upgrading into more sophisticated production activities.

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  • Ari Van Assche & Byron Gangnes, 2010. "Electronics production upgrading: is China exceptional?," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 17(5), pages 477-482.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:17:y:2010:i:5:p:477-482
    DOI: 10.1080/13504850701765101
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