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Van Assche, Ari
Hong, Chang
Slootmaekers, Veerle
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LICOS Discussion Paper 205
In this paper we argue that export data are an inadequate tool to measure a country's international competitiveness when external trade is dominated by export-processing trade. Export data do not necessarily reflect the value produced in an exporting country, but rather capture the gross value of the products that leave a country's ports. We demonstrate that, in the case of China, this leads to an upward bias in both the perceived quantitative and qualitative threats to the Western economies.
export-processing trade
technological intensity
trade balance
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Working Paper

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