Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Asymmetry of Processing Trade in China: Theory and Empirics
by Xing, Zhaopeng, M.Sc., Singapore Management University (Singapore), 2007, 49; 1483225
Abstract (Summary)

This paper studies decision of whether outsourcing or localization in China. Both strategies can enjoy low wage advantage. But outsourcing induces processing trade, while localization, which has additional localization cost can turn processing trade of some goods to ordinary trade. The asymmetric effect lies on that once localized, it is hard to return to outsourcing due to competition or fixed expenditures involved. If wage difference larger, it is more preferable to localized. Therefore, we can expect asymmetric effect of processing trade due to movement of relative wage difference, which was proved by econometrics on recent data by cointegrating analysis within a VECM model.

keywords: Processing Trade, REER, Outsourcing, Cointegration

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hoon, Hian Teck
School: Singapore Management University (Singapore)
Department: School of Economics
School Location: Republic of Singapore
Source: MAI 49/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Economics, Economics
Keywords: Cointegration, Labor economics, Outsourcing, Processing trade, Reer
Publication Number: 1483225
ISBN: 9781124352206