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By Robert C. Feenstra, Shang-Jin Wei

In below 3 many years, China has grown from enjoying a negligible position in international alternate to being one of many world's biggest exporters, a considerable importer of uncooked fabrics, intermediate outputs, and different items, and either a recipient and resource of international funding. now not strangely, China's monetary dynamism has generated huge awareness and quandary within the usa and past. whereas a few analysts have warned of the capability pitfalls of China's rise—the lack of jobs, for example—others have highlighted the advantages of less costly items and companies bought via U.S. shoppers besides new marketplace and funding possibilities for U.S. enterprises. Bringing jointly knowledgeable crew of participants, China's transforming into function in international exchange undertakes an empirical research of the consequences of China's new prestige. The essays accrued right here supply certain analyses of the microstructure of alternate, the macroeconomic implications, sector-level matters, and international direct funding. This volume's cautious exam of micro info in gentle of tested monetary theories clarifies a couple of misconceptions, overturns a few traditional knowledge, and files info styles that improve our figuring out of concerns concerning China's exchange.

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When adopting the same formula that is used for the consumer price index, import prices rise instead; the same is true when using superlative formulas (the Törnqvist or Fisher Ideal indexes) constructed over import unit values. Furthermore, statistical analysis shows that the unit values from China did not fall faster than those from countries exporting to Japan (though the Chinese unit values are lower). Broda and Weinstein find, however, that the quality and variety of Chinese exports to Japan rose considerably, but even these effects have only a very small impact on Japanese deflation.

In the “encouraged” sectors, while there is no reduction in the quality gap between domestic and foreign firms, the share by domestic firms in those sectors’ total exports actually declined. This suggests that the sector-biased FDI encouragement policies do not systematically help domestic firms to catch up with FIEs, at least not by the criteria that Blonigen and Ma use. S. FDI in China. S. FDI in China large? The answer is no. This can be understood from two levels. S. multinational firms’ investment in China is only a small fraction of their total overseas investment.

S. firms invest in China and then sell their products back to the United States en masse does not turn out to be supported by a careful look at the data. S. affiliates in China back to the United States. S. affiliates could sell machineries and other intermediate inputs to local Chinese firms or other unaffiliated FIEs in China, which in turn may export to the United States and other markets. Checking out this possibility would require data that go beyond what these authors have. S. multinational firms in China displace their investment in the United States?

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