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International production networks and the world trade structure

Isabella Cingolani, Lelio Iapadre and Lucia Tajoli

International Economics, 2018, vol. 153, issue C, 11-33

Abstract: In this work, we examine bilateral trade data in two industries with different technological characteristics (textiles and apparel, and electronics) in order to detect the presence of international production networks in these sectors and to assess their structures and organization. Moving from the recent stream of literature that underlines the importance of assessing the participation and position of a country within an international production system, generally much more complex than a simple chain, we examine if these networks can be identified using traditional trade data and if they are still mainly regional.

Keywords: F14; F15; F12; Global production networks; Global value chains; Regionalization (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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