Arnoldshain Seminar XV
“The EU and Latin America Facing Globalization”
September 4 – 6, 2017

Martinez-Zarzoso, Inma, University of Goettingen, and Ana Leiva , The Chinese Diaspora and its Impact on China’s Bilateral Trade.
Using a new, extensive dataset on the population share of overseas Chinese in 1970 and 1990, this paper analyzes the impact of the Chinese diaspora on facilitating China’s bilateral trade during the period 1984-2013. Our findings suggest substantial trade-creation effects resulting from the presence of ethnic Chinese in the trade partner population. Diaspora impacts on imports were roughly twice as high as those found for exports. Among export sectors, effects found were strongest for food, machinery & transport equipment, and chemicals. In regards to imports, the largest effects were found for food and raw materials.