We analyze the dynamics of Chinese comparative advantage as measured by export shares and the Balassa index using 3-digit and 4-digit sectors for the period 1970 – 1997. We use novel tools to identify periods of rapid structural change and the persistence of comparative advantage, such as Galtonian regressions, probability-probability (p-p) plots, and the Harmonic Mass index, to supplement the usual descriptive statistical methods and mobility indicators associated with Markov transition matrices.

Balassa Index, Galtonian regression, HM Index, Markov matrices, P-P plots, distribution dynamics
Comparative or Joint Analysis of Fiscal and Monetary Policy; Stabilization (jel E63), Country and Industry Studies of Trade (jel F14), Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance: General (jel F40), Asia including Middle East (jel N95), Economic Development: General (jel O10), Asia including Middle East (jel O53), Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions: General (jel P30), Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, and Changes (jel R11)
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Hinloopen, J, & van Marrewijk, J.G.M. (2004). Dynamics of Chinese comparative advantage (No. TI 04-034/2). Discussion paper / Tinbergen Institute. Tinbergen Institute. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/13011