International Competition and Industrial Evolution: Evidence from the Impact of Chinese Competition on Mexican Maquiladoras

Utar H, Torres-Ruiz LB (2013) Working Papers in Economics and Management; 13-2013.
Bielefeld: Bielefeld University, Department of Business Administration and Economics.

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Effects of the competition between the two South locations (Mexico and China) in the North- ern market (U.S.) is analyzed. By employing a new plant-level data set that covers the universe of Mexican export assembly plants (maquiladoras) from 1990 to 2006 and exploiting the ex- ogenous acceleration of Chinese imports in conjunction with the WTO accession of China, the empirical analysis reveals substantial effect of intensified Chinese competition on maquiladoras. In particular, competition from China has negative and significant impact on employment and plant growth, both through the intensive and the extensive margin, on the most unskilled labor intensive sectors of those threatened by competition from China, leading to sectoral reallocation. No major effect is found through reallocative channels within industries, but significant increases in plant productivity and skill intensity are quantified in maquiladoras attributable to competi- tion from China. The results lend substance to field studies and anecdotal evidence on industrial upgrading in Mexican Maquiladoras in response to competition with low-wage locations such as China.
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Utar H, Torres-Ruiz LB. International Competition and Industrial Evolution: Evidence from the Impact of Chinese Competition on Mexican Maquiladoras. Working Papers in Economics and Management. Vol 13-2013. Bielefeld: Bielefeld University, Department of Business Administration and Economics; 2013.
Utar, H., & Torres-Ruiz, L. B. (2013). International Competition and Industrial Evolution: Evidence from the Impact of Chinese Competition on Mexican Maquiladoras (Working Papers in Economics and Management, 13-2013). Bielefeld: Bielefeld University, Department of Business Administration and Economics. doi:10.4119/unibi/2915408
Utar, H., and Torres-Ruiz, L. B. (2013). International Competition and Industrial Evolution: Evidence from the Impact of Chinese Competition on Mexican Maquiladoras. Working Papers in Economics and Management, 13-2013, Bielefeld: Bielefeld University, Department of Business Administration and Economics.
Utar, H., & Torres-Ruiz, L.B., 2013. International Competition and Industrial Evolution: Evidence from the Impact of Chinese Competition on Mexican Maquiladoras, Working Papers in Economics and Management, no.13-2013, Bielefeld: Bielefeld University, Department of Business Administration and Economics.
H. Utar and L.B. Torres-Ruiz, International Competition and Industrial Evolution: Evidence from the Impact of Chinese Competition on Mexican Maquiladoras, Working Papers in Economics and Management, vol. 13-2013, Bielefeld: Bielefeld University, Department of Business Administration and Economics, 2013.
Utar, H., Torres-Ruiz, L.B.: International Competition and Industrial Evolution: Evidence from the Impact of Chinese Competition on Mexican Maquiladoras. Working Papers in Economics and Management, 13-2013. Bielefeld University, Department of Business Administration and Economics, Bielefeld (2013).
Utar, Hale, and Torres-Ruiz, Luis B. International Competition and Industrial Evolution: Evidence from the Impact of Chinese Competition on Mexican Maquiladoras. Bielefeld: Bielefeld University, Department of Business Administration and Economics, 2013. Working Papers in Economics and Management. 13-2013.
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