Chinese export competition, declining exports and adjustments at the industry and regional level in Europe

Matthias Flückiger*, Markus Ludwig

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We analyze how a set of 22 European countries was affected by increased Chinese export competition between 1995 and 2008. Employing product-group level data, we observe a reduction in the export volumes of European countries due to increased Chinese export competition. This deceleration in the export sector induces changes within the manufacturing industries, especially a decline in employment. When using more aggregated, regional-level data, our analysis shows that the industry sector as a whole declines, resulting in an increased unemployment rate. The importance of Chinese export competition for Europe is attributable to its high export intensity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1120-1151
Number of pages32
JournalCanadian Journal of Economics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2015

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