[OPE-L] High-Technology Exports in China and Latin America

From: GERALD LEVY (gerald_a_levy@MSN.COM)
Date: Tue Feb 05 2008 - 12:42:41 EST

Date: Tue, 5 Feb 2008 12:33:42 -0500From: GDAEannounce@tufts.eduSubject: New Paper: China's Gain is Latin America's Loss

Climbing Up the Technology Ladder? High-Technology Exports in China and Latin Americaby Kevin P. Gallagher & Roberto PorzecanskiU.C. Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies Working Paper No. 20The developed world has lost significant market share in high technology exports. China has captured the bulk of those exports and Latin America is falling far behind.  Authors Kevin Gallagher and Roberto Porzecanski find that in 1980 China was ranked 99th of all nations in terms of the percentage of global exports in high technology; by 2005 China had climbed to second place in the world.  Not only is Latin America losing global shares, but the authors find that close to 95% of all Latin American high technology exports are under some sort of “threat” from China, comprising more than 12% of total exports from Latin America.  Whereas Latin America has been following a “neo-liberal” set of trade and technology policies, China has been pursuing a “neo-developmental” policy that has outperformed Latin America decisively.
The paper is available at:http://www.ase.tufts.edu/gdae/Pubs/Rp/Gallagher-Porzecanski_BCLAS.pdfFor more on GDAE’s Globalization and Sustainable Development Program:http://www.ase.tufts.edu/gdae/policy_research/globalization.html

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