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Any Sequel to the "Miracle"? Growth Potential in East Asia: Evidence from International Trade Flows

In the debate on future prospects in East Asia after the recent economic crisis, this paper focuses on trade-based explanations of growth to study whether exports may lead the recovery of the five crisis-hit countries. For each of them, it analyses, at different levels of disaggregation, the evolution of openness to trade, patterns and direction of exports, during and after the crisis. It finds higher openness to trade for all countries, both in aggregate and for major sectors. Moreover, during the crisis it reports only minor negative impacts on competitiveness and structure of exports, mainly for Indonesia and Korea. Regionalisation of export flows seems to have been partially reversed and exports towards non-Asian developed countries increased. These findings, together with evidence of export revival, suggest that trade can still contribute fuelling the Financial Crisis Countries' economic growth.

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Paper provided by KITeS, Centre for Knowledge, Internationalization and Technology Studies, Universita' Bocconi, Milano, Italy in its series KITeS Working Papers with number 123.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2000
Date of revision: Dec 2000
Publication status: Forthcoming in European Journal of East Asian Studies
Handle: RePEc:cri:cespri:wp123
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