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FY 2015/2016 Research Topic: B-1-10
Global Value Chains and their Policy Implications


This study aims to unveil the international value chains in various regions of the world and seek the answers to several policy questions. The first policy question to be answered is whether developed countries are increasing their share of the high value-added stages in the production process while developing countries are getting the low value-added stages. Evidence for such a phenomenon in Asia was found in the project for 2013-2014 conducted at the institute. Building on those finding and methodologies, this proposed research project aims to answer to the above question by 1) extending the descriptive analysis in the previous study to other regions, notably Europe, North America and possibly Latin America and 2) exploring the underlying causes of such phenomena. The second question to be explored in this study touches on the role of global values chains in the determination of trade policies. Here we aim to investigate empirically and theoretically how the slicing-up of value chains is intertwined with unilateral tariff liberalisation in East Asia over the last three decades.


April 2015 - March 2017

Members of the Research Project
[ Organizer ] ITO Tadashi
[ Co-researchers ] Pierre-Louis Vézina (Assistant Professor, University of Birmingham)
[ Co-researchers ] Lorenzo Rotunno (Post-doctoral research fellow, University of Oxford)