We use the “flying geese” framework to study the change in the geography of comparative advantages in the electronics sector in East Asia, China and the USA. Doubts have been raised about the capacity of the “flying geese” model to interpret the most recent phases of Asian development, in particular as far as progress in the electronics sector is concerned. This paper takes issue against these negative conclusions on both theoretical and empirical grounds. On the theoretical side, the paper takes up the formulation proposed by Kaname Akamatsu, arguing that some of the critical observations raised against the model look to a distorted and simplified version of Akamatsu's original theory. Analyzing the behavior of the “revealed comparative advantage index” per products and area, it is concluded that the “flying geese model” is compatible with manifold industrial development models, increasing interdependence in an integrated area which crucially also includes the US, and that asymmetries and hierarchical order persist across the countries.
PATTERNS OF INDUSTRIALIZATION AND THE FLYING GEESE MODEL: THE CASE OF ELECTRONICS IN EAST ASIA / Ginzburg, Andrea; A, Simonazzi. - In: JOURNAL OF ASIAN ECONOMICS. - ISSN 1049-0078. - STAMPA. - 15:6(2005), pp. 1051-1078. [10.1016/j.asieco.2004.11.003]