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Electronics Production Upgrading: Is China Exceptional?

  • Ari Van Assche

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    (HEC Montr´eal and CIRANO)

  • Byron Gangnes

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    (University of Hawaii at Manoa)

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.

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Paper provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 200722.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: 17 Aug 2007
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Handle: RePEc:hai:wpaper:200722
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