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Electronics Production Upgrading: Is China Exceptional?

  • Ari Van Assche
  • Byron Gangnes

In this paper, we make use of a unique world electronics production data set to assess China's upgrading trajectory in the global electronics industry. Contrary to existing 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. Cette étude emploie une banque de données unique sur la production électronique mondiale pour évaluer la trajectoire de perfectionnement de la Chine dans le secteur électronique mondial. Contrairement aux études existantes, nous ne trouvons aucune évidence que les activités de production de la Chine dans le secteur électronique sont plus sophistiquées que ce à quoi on pourrait s'attrendre de son niveau de développement. En plus, nous trouvons peu d'évidence que la Chine perfectionne rapidement ses activités de production.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: 01 Aug 2007
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Handle: RePEc:cir:cirwor:2007s-16
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