The Competitive Impact of China on Southeast Asian Labour Markets
Journal of Contemporary Asia, 35(4): 447-470, 2005
Posted: 28 Jun 2013
Date Written: 2005
This article uses the sheer size of the exports and labour force of China to examine the potential impact it will bring to Southeast Asia following greater liberalisation efforts since the formation of the World Trade Organization. The paper argues that the pressure on Southeast Asian labour will primarily be on low value added labour-intensive goods. Especially the more developed economies of Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand will experience a relocation of low end export-oriented industries, such as assembly of consumer electronics, while clothing exports will fall.
Keywords: Labour markets, competitiveness, Southeast Asia, China
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