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The Chinese Export Bundles: Patterns, Puzzles and Possible Explanations

Zhi Wang and Shang-Jin Wei
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Zhi Wang: Indian Council for Research on International Economic Rela
Shang-Jin Wei: Indian Council for Research on International Economic Rela

Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, New Delhi Working Papers from Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, New Delhi, India

Abstract: China's exports have become increasingly sophisticated. This has generated anxiety in developed countries as the competitive pressure may be increasingly felt outside labor-intensive industries. Using product-level data on exports from different cities within China, this paper investigates the contributing factors to the rising export sophistication. Somewhat surprisingly, neither processing trade nor foreign invested firms are found to play an important role in generating the increased overlap in the export structure between China and high-income countries. Instead, improvement in human capital and government policies in the form of tax-favored high-tech zones appear to be the key in the country's evolving export structure. On the other hand, processing trade, foreign invested firms, and government-sponsored high-tech zones all have contributed significantly to raising the unit values of China's exports within a given product category.

Keywords: China; India; Export sophistication; Export structure; high-tech zones; human capital (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F1 F14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 26 Pages
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