Domestic Value Added in Exports: Theory and Firm Evidence from China

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Hiau Looi Kee

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Heiwai Tang

Johns Hopkins University - Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS); CESIfo; The University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Business and Economics

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Date Written: November 13, 2015

Abstract

China has defied the declining trend in domestic content in exports in many countries. This paper studies China?s rising domestic content in exports using firm- and customs transaction-level data. The approach embraces firm heterogeneity and hence reduces aggregation bias. The study finds that the substitution of domestic for imported materials by individual processing exporters caused China?s domestic content in exports to increase from 65 to 70 percent in 2000?2007. Such substitution was induced by the country?s trade and investment liberalization, which deepened its engagement in global value chains and led to a greater variety of domestic materials becoming available at lower prices.

Keywords: International Trade and Trade Rules, Transport and Trade Logistics, Industrial and Consumer Services and Products, Food & Beverage Industry, Plastics & Rubber Industry, Construction Industry, General Manufacturing, Common Carriers Industry, Business Cycles and Stabilization Policies, Textiles, Apparel & Leather Industry, Pulp & Paper Industry, Labor Markets

Suggested Citation

Kee, Hiau Looi and Tang, Heiwai, Domestic Value Added in Exports: Theory and Firm Evidence from China (November 13, 2015). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 7491. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2690630

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