The Open UniversitySkip to content

China and the global terms of trade

Kaplinsky, Raphael (2006). China and the global terms of trade. IDS Bulletin, 37(1) pp. 43–53.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link:
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar


For many years, the declining terms of trade of commodities relative to manufactures has dominated development thinking and strategy. Initial evidence suggests that the rapid deepening of China's participation in the global economy in recent years has begun to have a significant impact on global prices, reducing the rate of price increase in manufactures, and raising the prices of commodities. The existence of a very large army of labour in China, India and elsewhere in Asia suggests that these trends may be sustained in the future. If sustained, this has significant implications for the research agenda, for theory and for development policy.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 0265-5012
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Related URLs:
Item ID: 8591
Depositing User: Raphael Kaplinsky
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2007
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 10:03
Share this page:


Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   contact the OU