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Did Chinese Outward Activity Attenuate or Aggravate the Great Recession in Developing Countries?

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  • Süssmuth, Bernd
  • Gawellek, Bastian
  • Lyu, Jingjing

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Using data on Chinese large-scale overseas investment and project contracts by sector, we analyze in a quasi-experimental set-up whether Chinese outward activity (COA) before the crisis worsened or alleviated the contractionary phases in developing countries. We find that, on average, COA did not increase vulnerability to the global recession. However, both the sectoral targeting and the size of the pre-crisis engagement matter: While COA in clearly to financial markets tied sectors implied an aggravation, substantial pre-crisis investment in the energy, metals and transportation industries implied an attenuation of the slump.

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  • Süssmuth, Bernd & Gawellek, Bastian & Lyu, Jingjing, 2015. "Did Chinese Outward Activity Attenuate or Aggravate the Great Recession in Developing Countries?," Annual Conference 2015 (Muenster): Economic Development - Theory and Policy 112994, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
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    • F20 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - General
    • F63 - International Economics - - Economic Impacts of Globalization - - - Economic Development
    • F62 - International Economics - - Economic Impacts of Globalization - - - Macroeconomic Impacts

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