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Networks of International Trade and Investment

Sara Gorgoni, Alessia Amighini () and Matthew Smith

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Abstract: In recent decades, the international economy has witnessed fundamental changes in the way manufacturing is organised products are no longer manufactured in their entirety in a single location. Instead, the production process is often split across a number of stages located in countries that are frequently far apart from each other. By spreading out their manufacturing and supply chain activities globally through international investment and intra-firm trade, Multinational enterprises (MNEs) play a focal role in this reorganisation of production. Our ability to understand the global economy, therefore, requires an understanding of the interdependencies between the entities involved in such fragmented production. Traditional methods and statistical approaches are insufficient to address this challenge. Instead, an approach is required that allows us to account for these interdependencies. The most promising approach so far is network analysis. ‘Networks of International Trade and Investment’ makes a case for the use of network analysis alongside existing techniques in order to investigate pressing issues in international business and economics. The authors put forward a range of well-informed studies that examine compelling topics such as the role of emerging economies in global trade and the evolution of world trade patterns. They look at how network analysis, as both an approach and a methodology, can explain international business and economics phenomena, in particular, in relation to international trade and investment. Providing a comprehensive but accessible explanation of the applications of network analysis and some of the most recent methodological advances in its field, this edited volume is an important contribution to research in international trade and investment.

Keywords: International networks; business groups; fragmentation of production; outsourcing; off-shoring; intra-firm trade; global value chains; network analysis; multilevel network analysis; brokerage; clustering (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018 Written 2016-02-25
Edition: 1
ISBN: 978-1-62273-065-0
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