Tuesday, 30 October 2007

NBER research papers on China

Two new NBER research papers on China. Both papers I shall have to read. Anything by Peter Schott is usually worth reading.


"China's WTO Entry: Antidumping, Safeguards, and Dispute Settlement"
NBER Working Paper No. W13349

Contact: CHAD P. BOWN
Brandeis University - Department of Economics &
International Business School
Auth-Page: http://ssrn.com/author=289335

Full Text: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1009799

ABSTRACT: This chapter assesses China's integration into the global trading system by examining areas of international political-economic friction associated with its increased trade.
We use a number of newly constructed data sets to examine tensions associated with its rapidly increasing trade and the trade policy commitments that China and its trading partners have undertaken as part of its 2001 WTO accession. With respect to China's exports, we examine data on WTO members' use of antidumping and their discriminatory treatment of Chinese firms prior to and following accession. We conclude that the application of antidumping against China has become more discriminatory since its 2001 accession. Furthermore, evidence from a regression analysis rules out the theory that pre-accession discrimination is associated with foreign targeting of high import tariff Chinese products as a WTO accession negotiation strategy. We also provide evidence that WTO members are also discriminating against China's exports by substituting use of new import-restricting China-safeguard policy instruments.
Next, with respect to China's imports, we examine data on China's antidumping use - now the WTO's fifth most frequent user of antidumping - by targeted sectors and countries. We also provide evidence from products within China's largest sectoral user of a positive relationship between the size of the accession year tariff liberalization and the subsequent resort to antidumping protection after accession. Finally, we examine China's experience in managing frictions associated with its growing role in world trade through formal WTO dispute settlement proceedings.


"China's Experience Under the Multifiber Arrangement (MFA) and the Agreement on Textiles and Clothing (ATC)"
NBER Working Paper No. W13346

Yale University - Department of Economics, National
Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
Email: irene.brambilla@yale.edu
Auth-Page: http://ssrn.com/author=501493

Columbia Business School
Email: ak2796@columbia.edu
Auth-Page: http://ssrn.com/author=838066

Yale University - School of Management, National
Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
Email: peter.schott@yale.edu
Auth-Page: http://ssrn.com/author=194989

Full Text: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1009796

ABSTRACT: This paper analyzes China's experience under U.S.
apparel and textile quotas. It makes use of a unique new database that tracks U.S. trading partners' performance under the quota regimes established by the global Multifiber Arrangement (1974 to
1995) and subsequent Agreement on Textiles and Clothing (1995 to 2005). We find that China was relatively more constrained under these regimes than other countries and that, as quotas were lifted, China's exports grew disproportionately.

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