Title

Competitiveness of the Hong Kong economy

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

China Economic Review

Publication Date

9-1-2009

Volume

20

Issue

3

First Page

573

Last Page

586

Keywords

Competitiveness, Dynamic shift shares, Productivity, Unit labour cost

Abstract

Our assessment of the competitiveness of the Hong Kong economy from various perspectives indicates that the overall competitiveness of Hong Kong economy has been improving during the past several years. However, from a longer term historical perspective, there are still a number of areas in which Hong Kong's competitiveness has been eroded relative to her main competitors in East Asia, especially in export sector. On the aggregate level, although Hong Kong's total factor productivity (TFP) growth rate is amongst the best performers in East Asia in the recent years, it has been adversely affected by the continuing relocation of Hong Kong's manufacturing production to the Mainland China. On sectorial levels, Hong Kong's competitiveness deteriorated in several important categories of goods and service exports. Overall, our study shows that the Hong Kong economy still maintains its resilience to outside shocks, nevertheless it needs to explore new areas to fuel its future growth.

DOI

10.1016/j.chieco.2009.04.005

Print ISSN

1043951X

E-ISSN

18737781

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Recommended Citation

Li, H., Wei, X., & Xie, D. (2009). Competitiveness of the Hong Kong economy. China Economic Review, 20(3), 573-586. doi: 10.1016/j.chieco.2009.04.005