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Determinants of exports in China: a microeconometric analysis

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  • Can Huang
  • Mingqian Zhang
  • Yanyun Zhao
  • Celeste Amorim Varum

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Based on data from more than 100,000 Chinese manufacturing firms, this study explores the reasons for the recent surge of manufacturing exports from China. Research and Development (R&D) investment has not been a contributing factor to the export success of Chinese firms, even in high-technology sectors. Although exportation of high-technology products has been dominated by foreign manufacturing firms, domestic firms have invested more heavily in R&D than their foreign counterparts. The role of low labour cost in the rise of the Chinese manufacturing industries is inconclusive as suggested by the econometric evidence. However, the major contributors to the increase in Chinese exports are collaboration with foreign investors and fierce domestic competition.

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  • Can Huang & Mingqian Zhang & Yanyun Zhao & Celeste Amorim Varum, 2008. "Determinants of exports in China: a microeconometric analysis," The European Journal of Development Research, Taylor and Francis Journals, vol. 20(2), pages 299-317.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:eurjdr:v:20:y:2008:i:2:p:299-317
    DOI: 10.1080/09578810802060793
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    1. Kawtar Dkhissi, 2014. "Impact des accords de libre échange sur la propension et l'intensité des exportations des entreprises au Maroc," Post-Print hal-01335587, HAL.
    2. Dahai Fu & Yanrui Wu & Yihong Tang, 2012. "Does Innovation Matter for Chinese High-Tech Exports? A Firm-Level Analysis," Frontiers of Economics in China, Higher Education Press, vol. 7(2), pages 218-245, June.
    3. Vu, Van Huong, 2012. "Higher productivity in Exporters: self-selection, learning by exporting or both? Evidence from Vietnamese manufacturing SMEs," MPRA Paper 40708, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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