From: Jurriaan Bendien (adsl675281@TISCALI.NL)
Date: Wed Nov 08 2006 - 15:00:39 EST
For the would-be researcher, UNIDO has a detailed database on manufacturing statistics, from which you can get manufacturing output, import-export, wages and manufacturing fixed investment data in US dollar terms, classified by sector, for comparative purposes. Here's a clip: UNITED NATIONS, Nov 7 (IPS) - The world's fastest growing developing nations, including China, India and South Africa, contributed significantly to the rise in world industrial output last year, according to the Vienna-based U.N. Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO). (...) Over a 23-year period, China's share in world industrial output rose from 2.2 percent to 6.9 percent; India's share increased from 0.9 percent to 1.2 percent; while South Africa remained stagnant at 0.5 percent. Brazil registered a decline in industrial output from 2.5 to 2.1 percent, but still remained in the world's top 10 economies, ahead of Canada (1.9 percent), according to the latest figures released by UNIDO. South Korea and Mexico, two developing countries which have joined the ranks of industrial nations and are now members of the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), had 3.4 percent and 1.1 percent share of world industrial output respectively -- although they were not in the top 10 back in 1990. The impact of China's economic and export growth on international product markets and trade flows is already visible, and according to a recent OECD survey, China is now set to lead world exports by 2010. Currently, the largest share of world industrial output is held by the United States (23.3 percent), followed by Japan (18.2 percent) and Germany (7.4 percent). China ranks fourth with 6.9 percent. (...) Complete text: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=35402 See also http://www.unido.org/doc/3474 So where to now with the "deindustrialisation" thesis?
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