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Intangible Assets and Participation in Global Value Chains: An Analysis on a Sample of European Countries

Cecilia Jona Lasinio (), Stefano Manzocchi and Valentina Meliciani ()
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Cecilia Jona Lasinio: ISTAT
Valentina Meliciani: LUISS "Guido Carli"

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No 16129, Working Papers LuissLab from Dipartimento di Economia e Finanza, LUISS Guido Carli

Abstract: This paper investigates the role of intangible assets as factors influencing participation in global value chains (GVC) in a sample of European economies. We distinguish between different forms of participation in GVC entailing a different degree of capability to create value added domestically and we examine how different intangible assets contribute to foster countries’ engagement in GVC and the reaping of benefits from such participation. The data cover 14 European countries in two broad sectors (manufacturing and total market services) over the period 1995-2014. We find that investing in intangible assets favours participation in GVC and contributes to value appropriation along the chain. Moreover, different intangible assets contribute differently to forward and backward participation.

Keywords: Intangible assets; global value chains; forward and backward participation; R&D expenditure (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F23 O30 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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