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Rents and inequality in global value chains

Raphael Kaplinsky

Chapter 8 in Handbook on Global Value Chains, 2019, pp 153-168 from Edward Elgar Publishing

Abstract: This chapter explores the manner in which the global value chain framework can contribute to an understanding of the distribution of income. The core analytical concepts that further this analysis are various categories of rent and the barriers to entry that protect rents. This is followed by a description of four major distributional trends – in the global interpersonal distribution of income, in the class distribution of income, in the skills distribution of income and in the interfirm distribution of income. These two discussions are then drawn together to illustrate how the global value chain framework provides important insights into the distributional outcomes of global trade.

Keywords: Business and Management; Development Studies; Economics and Finance; Geography (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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