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The Extent of GVC Engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa

Johannes Van Biesebroeck () and Emmanuel Mensah ()

No 8937, Policy Research Working Paper Series from The World Bank

Abstract: This paper exploits information from two different datasets to provide a novel and multi-dimensional picture of the engagement of all sub-Saharan African countries in global value chains (GVCs). It documents in detail the nature of the underlying data and the way it is used to construct several indicators of GVC engagement. As a companion to the paper, the data files are made available to interested researchers. While it is impossible to summarize the broad range of experiences that we document, two patterns stand out. First, the level of GVC engagement of most countries in sub-Saharan Africa is rather low, especially for their manufacturing sectors. Second, while there is increased GVC engagement over time in some countries, this pattern is by no means universal. The average engagement for the region over the time period studied (1995-2018) is not even positive on average across countries for several indicators.

Keywords: Food&Beverage Industry; Plastics&Rubber Industry; Business Cycles and Stabilization Policies; Textiles; Apparel&Leather Industry; Pulp&Paper Industry; Common Carriers Industry; Construction Industry; General Manufacturing; International Trade and Trade Rules; Employment and Unemployment; Food Security; Industrial and Consumer Services and Products (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019-07-10
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