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Global Value Chains and Trade Elasticities

  • Byron S. Gangnes

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    (Department of Economics, University of Hawaii at Manoa)

  • Alyson C. Ma

    (University of San Diego)

  • Ari Van Assche

    ()

    (HEC Montréal, Department of International Business)

Previous studies have argued that global value chains (GVCs) have increased the sensitivity of trade to external business cycle shocks. This may occur either because GVC trade is concentrated in durable goods industries, which are known to have high income elasticities (a composition effect), or because, within industries, GVC trade has a higher income elasticity than regular trade (a supply chain effect). Using Chinese trade data across customs regimes and industries during the period 1995-2009, we find evidence for the former, but not the latter.

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Paper provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 201401.

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Length: 9 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2014
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