• ISSN: 2010-023X
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IJTEF 2014 Vol.5(4): 305-311 ISSN: 2010-023X
DOI: 10.7763/IJTEF.2014.V5.388

A Comparative Analysis of the Export Performances of China and India: Evidence from US Imports

Sadequl Islam
Abstract—This paper compares the export performances of China and India, the two largest labour-abundant countries. The empirical analysis of the paper is based on US imports from these two countries at the ten-digit level for 1992-2012. The paper examines the composition of exports from China and India, the degree of concentration of exports, and the extent of export similarity. The paper also explores the nature of product differentiation based on unit prices of exports from China and India. The empirical analyses show that China’s shares in the US market, for both high-technology products and labour-intensive products, are substantially higher than that of India. Furthermore, China’s export basket, compared to India’s, is more diversified, and that the extent of export similarity between China and India in the US market is quite low. The data on unit prices of exports suggest that China has outperformed India in vertically differentiated products.

Index Terms—Concentration, export similarity, product differentiation, unit prices.

The author is with the Department of Economics, Laurentian University, Canada (e-mail: sislam@laurentian.ca).

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Cite: Sadequl Islam, "A Comparative Analysis of the Export Performances of China and India: Evidence from US Imports," International Journal of Trade, Economics and Finance vol.5, no.4, pp. 305-311, 2014.

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