Prema-chandra Athukorala, Australian National University: This paper undertakes a comparative analysis of production networks in Europe and East Asia in the global context, with emphasis on determinants of export patterns and intra-regional linkages. The findings suggest that: exports of intermediate goods (used as a proxy for parts and components or “middle products” exchanged within production networks) are more sensitive to trade barriers than total goods exports; regionalization of production networks is primarily determined by greater sensitivity of intermediate goods trade cost associated with distance that overwhelms cost advantages arising from advances in transportation and communication technology; and the production network in these two regions are being guided by distinct factors with geographic distance and remoteness playing a more significant role in East Asia than in the EU. Overall, this is an interesting paper on an important subject. However, I would like to suggest that the authors pay attention to the...
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April 01 2020
Comments on Economic Integration and Network Trade: A Comparison of East Asia and the European Union
Online Issn: 1536-0083
Print Issn: 1535-3516
© 2020 by the Asian Economic Panel and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
American Society of Health Economists and Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Asian Economic Papers (2020) 19 (1): 38–40.
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Comments on Economic Integration and Network Trade: A Comparison of East Asia and the European Union. Asian Economic Papers 2020; 19 (1): 38–40. doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/asep_a_00752
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