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What's So Special about China's Exports? A Comment

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Dani Rodrik argues that China's exports are unusually sophisticated for a country at its income level. He also claims that China's export sophistication reflects the government's successful industrial policy and has been instrumental in the recent acceleration of its economic growth. Although Rodrik's interpretation of China's economic growth is broadly correct, the accuracy of his empirical analysis is questionable. This note identifies several problems regarding the “export sophistication” index used in his empirical work and casts doubt on his analysis.
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Keywords: Chinese exports; F13; F14; F21; F41; comparative advantage; empirical analysis; export sophistication

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Associate Professor, Graduate School of Economics, Osaka City University, Osaka, Japan., Email: [email protected]

Publication date: September 1, 2007

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