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Product fragmentation and trade patterns in East Asia

Athukorala, Prema-Chandra


International product fragmentation—the cross-border dispersion of component production/assembly within vertically integrated production processes—is an important feature of the deepening structural interdependence of the world economy. This paper examines the implications of this phenomenon for global and regional trade patterns, with special emphasis on countries in East Asia, using a new data set culled from the UN trade database. It is found that, while ‘fragmentation trade’ has generally...[Show more]

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Type: Working/Technical Paper
Source: Asian Economic Papers


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