Outline of the Talk Integration of Trade Disintegration of Production China’s Current Trade Situation Sino-U.S. Trade Relationship Traditional Trade Theory Current Research Topics Q&A
Integration of Trade How much do we trade? Trade still remains a seemingly small fraction of GDP for rich countries. The decades leading up to 1913 was a golden age of global trade and investment. The global integration of trade keeps the same level. Table 1 ( Feenstra, 1998)
The World Is More Integrated Than Ever Some facts are hidden. Industrial countries have increasing shares of their economies devoted to services rather than manufacturing. Make comparison from different views. Should measure merchandise trade relative to merchandise value-added. Almost all countries have experienced substantial growth in trade. Table 2
How to Explain Growing Trade? Trade Liberalization –GATT/WTO –Regional Trade Agreements: CUSFTA, NAFTA, CARICOM, CACM, MERCOSUR, ASEAN, SPARTECA. Falling Transportation Cost 2/5 trade growth can be explained by these two factors. When trading partners becomes more similar in size. -- Example: World GDP=150; –Scenario 1: Country A= 100; country B=25, country C=25 –Scenario 2: Country A= 50; country B=50, country C=50 –Maximum exports are different.
Disintegration of Production Disintegration of production itself leads to more trade due, in large part, to the calculation method. Outsourcing Barbie doll story (Tempest, 1996) –Sell for about $10 in the U.S. –Made in Mainland China, but export from Hong Kong for $2 –65 cents cover materials cost, 35 cents pay for Chinese labor. –The remaining 1$ for transportation in China –The remaining 7$ for transportation, marketing, wholesaling and retailing. –$1 for the Mattel.
Outsourcing First measurement: trade is categorized by the end-user. The U.S. trade shifts away from agriculture and raw materials, and towards manufactured goods in the U.S. trade. Processed manufactured goods play an increasing important role in U.S. trade. Outsourcing is important! U.S. firms have been substituting away from these processing activities at home.
Another measurement: imported intermediate goods
The World is Flat Vertical specification : another name of Outsourcing U.S. has a doubling of the share of imported inputs between 1975 and 1995 for all manufacturing. The U.K. shows an especially large absolute increase in foreign outsourcing.
Trade Openness China became the 143 rd member of the GATT/WTO China keeps a large trade surplus. Trade openness is $2,170 billion, which is more than 63% of current GDP in 2007 The third largest one in the world Current Export is $969 billion and import is $ 792 billion. So trade surplus is $177 billion in 2006. CCER, Dr. Miaojie Yu
Dramatic Increase in Openness CCER, Dr. Miaojie Yu
China’s role in Asian Regional Trade China is now among the most important export destinations for other Asian economies
Strong Export Potential Forward in China China’s integration with the world economy so far is not unprecedented in either its scope or speed. Compared to Japan, Korea, and other NIEs in their fast development period, China’s exports have grown at a slower rate than theirs. This suggests that China could maintain relatively high strong export growth for years to come.
Composition of Trade Diversify from an initial heavy reliance on textile and other light manufacturing. In the early 1990s, exports profiles rank as follows: light manufacturing, textile, machinery and transport (small electronics). Today, China exports more sophisticated electronics, furniture, travel goods, and industrial supplies.
Intra-Industry Trade Sources: database of China Customs CCER, Dr. Miaojie Yu
Sino-U.S. Bilateral Trade This year China reaches a $144 billion trade surplus with the U.S. Simultaneously, more than 3 million workers lost their jobs. Congressmen in the U.S. threat to perform trade sanction with China.—Impose 27.4% high tariffs. Push RMB revaluate strongly and quickly. Pending the permanent most favored nation (MFN) treatment.
Questions Economically speaking, is it deficit necessary bad for the deficit country, and good for the surplus country? Any essential link between the blue-worker unemployment and trade deficit? Is it credible for the U.S. congressional threat?
Trade Deficit is not necessarily bad! Check the basic trade identity: Trade Deficit=Net Inflow of Foreign Capital Trade deficit is like borrowing money from foreigners. The key point is how to use. Investment or Consumption? Historical stories in 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s.
Trade Deficit itself is not Bad Trade deficit means financing from other countries. How to use such money? Consume it? Invest it? CCER, Dr. Miaojie Yu
Trade Surplus is not necessarily good! Statistically, it is good for GDP calculation. But GDP does not mean anything! Export Booming and Productivity Improvement –The termination of Multilateral Fiber Agreement (MFA) in 2005. Green GDP
The Far Cry from U.S. Workers Any essential link between the blue-worker unemployment and trade deficit? No. The elasticity of substitution between Chinese export and other Asian countries’ export is very high. The essential reason for huge unemployment is due to the economy recession in years 2001-2003 in the U.S.
The Congressional Threat It is incredible. The U.S. does not have any right to terminate our permanent MFN treatment. They don’t dare to uni-laterally impose high tariffs on Chinese textile and garments. –It violates the WTO principles. –It worse the U.S. itself due to the elasticity of exports and imports. –It already gets historical lesson from the stupid policy.
RMB Appreciation Helps? China appreciates its RMB around 20% within 3 years CCER, Dr. Miaojie Yu
RMB Appreciation Helps? Change in exchange rate might help reduce the bilateral trade deficit, but cannot reduce the U.S. whole deficit. – Trading pattern in China and the ASEAN-10 are quite similar. –U.S. has to import similar products at a higher cost. The revaluation may not translate into significant higher prices for Chinese products sold in the U.S. –China firms may cut their profit margins to maintain their price instead. –Even if prices go up, U.S. consumers may be slow to switch to competing producers from other countries, which causes more trade deficit in the short run. CCER, Dr. Miaojie Yu
What do we study in Trade? Gains from Trade –Each trading country gains –Within a country, some gain but some lose Pattern of Trade –Who trade with whom for what? –Inter-sectional v.s. intra-sectional trade Government Effect of Policy on Trade Multinational Cooperation and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)
Traditional Trade Theory Smith’s Absolute Advantage Ricardian Comparative Advantage Heckscher-Ohlin Theory Viner’s Specific Factors Model Krugman’s Increasing Returns to Scale Model Feenstra’s Product Variety Model Melitz’s Intra-industry Trade
Top 10 Research Topics (Theoretical & Empirical) Heckscher-Ohlin Model (Leontief Paradox) Trade in Intermediate Goods, Wages, and Outsourcing Increasing Returns and the Gravity Equation Gains from Trade and Regional Trade Agreement Import Tariffs and NTBs ( Dumping, Quotas, and Subsidies) International Political Economy of Trade Policy Trade and Endogenous Growth Multinationals and Organization of the Firm Trade and Environment Trade and Geography
Top World-class Trade Economists Theory –Bhagwati –Grossman –Helpman –Krugman –Staiger –Melitz Empirics –Baldwin –Feenstra –Leamer –Trefler –Blonigen