Quotation Carballa Smichowski, Bruno, Durand, Cédric, Knauss, Steven. 2021. Participation in global value chains and varieties of development patterns. Cambridge Journal of Economics. 45 (2), 271-294.




This paper relates participation in global value chains (GVCs) to development patterns at the country level. It accounts for the diversity and interdependence of development through a cross-country analysis for 51 countries between 1995 and 2008. We identify three patterns of socio-economic development related to various degrees and modes of GVC participation: a social upgrading mirage, the reproduction of the core and unequal growth. This result is achieved thanks to the introduction of two new elements to the literature: first, the introduction of new macroeconomic indicators of GVC participation and economic gains that are explicitly based in a theoretically consistent definition of GVCs; second, the identification of a variety of interdependent development patterns related to GVC participation through the use of principal component analysis and cluster analysis.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Cambridge Journal of Economics
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new VW-D, WH-B
Language English
Title Participation in global value chains and varieties of development patterns
Volume 45
Number 2
Year 2021
Page from 271
Page to 294
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cje/beaa046
Open Access N


Knauss, Steven (Details)
Carballa Smichowski, Bruno (Joint Research Centre (European Commission), Spain)
Durand, Cédric (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
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