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Revealed comparative advantage of Malaysian exports: the case for changing export composition

Abidin, Mahani Zainal; Loke, Wai Heng

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Mahani Zainal Abidin

Wai Heng Loke



Abstract

Since 2000, Malaysian-manufactured exports performance has been declining. The downturn of the global electronic industry and the rise of China’s economy are the two major causes of this decline. To improve export performance, Malaysia participates in multilateral, regional, and bilateral trade liberalization. The compet- itiveness of Malaysian manufactured exports can be improved by examining the pattern of revealed comparative advantage (RCA). Within the non-resource-based manufactured exports, Malaysia still has comparative advantage for electrical and electronic goods and machinery (its largest export item), even though it has been on a decline. Malaysia’s export strength has also gradually shifted from non-resource-based to resource-based manufactured ex- ports. The RCA estimates also suggest that trade liberalization must not only lower or eliminate tariffs on final products, but also reduce import duties if exports were to increase their competi- tiveness.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 8, 2008
Journal Asian Economic Papers
Print ISSN 1535-3516
Electronic ISSN 1536-0083
Publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 3
Institution Citation Abidin, M. Z., & Loke, W. H. (2008). Revealed comparative advantage of Malaysian exports: the case for changing export composition. Asian Economic Papers, 7(3), doi:10.1162/asep.2008.7.3.130
DOI https://doi.org/10.1162/asep.2008.7.3.130
Publisher URL https://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/10.1162/asep.2008.7.3.130
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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