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Title: Conceptual Aspects of Global Value Chains

Author(s): Pol Antrąs

Publication Date: December 2019


Programme Area(s): International Trade and Regional Economics

Abstract: I offer an overview of some key conceptual aspects associated with the rise of global value chains (GVCs). I outline a series of alternative interpretations and definitions of what the rise of GVCs entails, and I trace the implications of these alternative conceptualizations for the measurement of the phenomenon, as well as for elucidating the key determinants and implications of GVC participation, both at the country level and at the firm level. In the process, I offer some speculative thoughts about the future of GVCs in light of the advent of an array of new technologies.

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Antrąs, P. 2019. 'Conceptual Aspects of Global Value Chains'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research.