Implications of World Trade Organisation Accession for China's Agricultural Trade Patterns

15 Pages Posted: 29 Dec 2002

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Colin A. Carter

University of California, Davis - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Xianghong Li

University of California, Davis - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Abstract

This paper examines the composition of China's international trade from 1980 to 1997, with a focus on agriculture and a view towards understanding agriculture's changing trade structure relative to other sectors. We analyse the time series behaviour of individually traded goods at the Standard Industrial Trade Classification three-digit level, categorised into three groups: agricultural commodities, 'other' primary commodities and manufactures. We find that China's agricultural trade has expanded along comparative advantage lines in only a very modest way, suggesting that World Trade Organization membership will have a large impact on China's agricultural trade patterns.

Suggested Citation

Carter, Colin A. and Li, Xianghong, Implications of World Trade Organisation Accession for China's Agricultural Trade Patterns. The Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Vol. 46, pp. 193-207, 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=316015

Colin A. Carter (Contact Author)

University of California, Davis - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics ( email )

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Davis, CA 95616
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Xianghong Li

University of California, Davis - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics ( email )

One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
United States

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