Measuring the Technological Structure of Chinese Imports

11 Pages Posted: 29 Jan 2016

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Hao Wei

Beijing Normal University (BNU) - School of Economics and Business Administration

Date Written: February 2016

Abstract

This paper uses the optimal partitioning method of clustering analysis using orderly samples to classify trade goods and analyzes the technological structure of Chinese imports. The results indicate that since 2000, medium–high technology products have made up the majority of China's imported goods, while the shares of medium or higher technology products have decreased and the share of medium–low technology products has increased sharply. The number of imported goods with a comparative advantage in the Chinese market decreased, while the overall comparative advantage of imported goods also declined. China imports different types of products from different countries and regions around the world. The findings suggest that China should increase the import scale of high technology products.

Suggested Citation

Wei, Hao, Measuring the Technological Structure of Chinese Imports (February 2016). Review of Development Economics, Vol. 20, Issue 1, pp. 261-271, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2724279 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/rode.12203

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