China's International Competitiveness: Reassessing the Evidence

LICOS Discussion Paper No. 205/2008

19 Pages Posted: 6 Jun 2008

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Ari Van Assche

HEC Montreal; Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis on Organization (CIRANO)

Chang Hong

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Veerle Miranda

OECD

Date Written: April 2008

Abstract

In this paper we argue that export data are an inadequate tool to measure a country's international competitiveness when external trade is dominated by export-processing trade. Export data de not necessarily reflect the value produced in an exporting country, but rather capture the gross value of the products that leave a country's ports. We demonstrate that, in the case of China, this leads to an upward bias in both the perceived quantitative and qualitative threats to the Western economies.

Suggested Citation

Van Assche, Ari and Hong, Chang and Miranda, Veerle, China's International Competitiveness: Reassessing the Evidence (April 2008). LICOS Discussion Paper No. 205/2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1137560 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1137560

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