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FY 2013/2014 Research Topic: C-43
Supply-chain Industrialization and Growth: Does Value-Added Generation Matter?


As globalization continues, nowadays almost no country pursues industrialization on its own, but rather engages in global production networks. Some countries, such as Singapore or Vietnam, are cases in point. Although the development of production networks has recently been analyzed in economics literature, the nexus between such networks and economic growth has not been sufficiently clarified. Moreover, a recent endeavor by some economists to measure the value-added generation of exports shows that exports at face value can be very different from their valued-added component. Under these circumstances, our aim in this project is to show that not all development strategies based on integrating into global supply chains lead to the same growth benefits. We expect to find that not only job creation, but also the value-added generation of exports, is critical to sustainable growth. Our further aim would be to indicate how policies may need to maximize local value-added generation and spillovers from FDI, as well as address the fickleness of multinational relocations.


April 2013-March 2015

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] ITO Tadashi
[ Co-researcher ] Pierre-Louis Vézina (University of Oxford Post-doctoral fellow)