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China's Changing Competitive Position: Lessons from a Unit-Labor- Cost-Based REER

Sebastian Dullien ()

International Trade from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: This paper calculates a unit labor-cost based real effective exchange rate for China for the period 1987-2002. It examines carefully which data sources can be used given the known limitations of Chinese data and constructs to them together with internationally available unit labor cost estimations for a number of industrialized countries, including Korea and Taiwan. It is found that gauged by the ULC measure the increase in manufacturing competitiveness from the late 1980s to the mid 1990s has been even more remarkably than given known industrial-price- based measures for real effective exchange rates suggest. However, since then, Chinese manufacturers have lost more ground than previously thought.

Keywords: China; international competitiveness; real exchange rate (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F14 F16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 10 pages
Date: 2005-02-28
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