Spatial Linkages and Export Processing Location in China

23 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2016

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Alyson C. Ma

University of San Diego School of Business

Ari Van Assche

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

Date Written: March 2016

Abstract

This paper provides empirical evidence that spatial linkages matter for the localisation of global value chain activities. Relying on processing trade data for Chinese provinces during the period 1997–2008, we investigate whether a Chinese province's proximity to international suppliers and international buyers within an industry chain affects its attractiveness as an export processing location. We find that the upstream and downstream spatial linkages both have a strong and independent explanatory power. We also explore what factors explain the influence of these spatial linkages.

Suggested Citation

Ma, Alyson C. and Van Assche, Ari, Spatial Linkages and Export Processing Location in China (March 2016). The World Economy, Vol. 39, Issue 3, pp. 316-338, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2753330 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/twec.12284

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