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Analysis of the relevance of China’s development for main European automotive manufacturing countries

Andoni Maiza () and Ricardo Bustillo ()
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Andoni Maiza: University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU

Economia e Politica Industriale: Journal of Industrial and Business Economics, 2018, vol. 45, issue 3, 403-424

Abstract: Abstract This article examines the impact of China’s growth on the main EU automotive manufacturing countries during the last decade. We study to what extent China represents a significant final destination market and a major partner inside EU automakers’ international value chain, through the analysis of final and intermediate products trade flows, value added trade flows as well as intra-industry trade shares. The research evidences that, in a critical context characterised by stagnation in developed economies, Germany has attained a sharp increase in exports of domestic value added to the Chinese car market. On the contrary, the other EU countries have not succeeded in their attempt to build a stable industrial relation with China regarding the automotive sector.

Keywords: China; EU; Automotive; Fragmentation; Trade (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F23 F10 F62 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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