Weighing Chinas Export Basket: An Account Of The Chinese Export Boom, 2000 - 2007

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In this paper the authors use new, detailed and comprehensive linked firm-product data to describe various dimensions of the Chinese export boom from 2000-2007. The analysis indicates that firm entry played a larger role in China's export boom than is the case in other countries, and that processing firms were an important component of this. The estimates of value-added suggest that the foreign content of China's exports is much higher than previously estimated. Finally, the estimates of technological intensity show that Chinese exports had been increasingly intensive in technology, but the overall intensity is lower when the exports are evaluated by domestic value-added than by final value.

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