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How do industrial robots applications affect the quality upgrade of Chinese export trade?

Changqing Lin, Shengpeng Xiao and Zihui Yin

Telecommunications Policy, 2022, vol. 46, issue 10

Abstract: This study examines the effect of industrial robots applications on the quality upgrade of China's manufacturing export products at the enterprise level. It analyzes import and export data obtained from the China Customs and Chinese Industrial Enterprises databases from 2000 to 2013. The results show that the industrial robots applications significantly promotes the quality upgrade of Chinese manufacturing export products. Moreover, the impact of industrial robots applications on the export product quality is dynamic; it initially increases and then decreases. Heterogeneity test results indicate greater quality improvement effects if robots feature applications in high-tech industries. We also show that importing more robots and for extended periods promotes the effects of industrial robots applications on the export product quality upgrades of Chinese enterprises. Mechanism tests reveal that industrial robots applications can upgrade the quality of export products by improving the labor productivity and human capital level of enterprises. Finally, spillover analyses show that industrial robots applications intensity significantly affects export quality upgrades through spillover effects.

Keywords: Industrial robots applications; Export quality; Labor productivity; China (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1016/j.telpol.2022.102425

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