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Participation, Upgrading and Structure of the Global Value Chains (2020_2_40_017)


The development experiences of emerging economies in Asia have demonstrated the effectiveness of development strategies through participation into the global value chain (GVC). However, even those successful economies are still struggling to upgrade themselves so as to become fully advanced, and many less-developed countries are facing difficulties in participating in the GVC. This project aims to draw policy recommendations on development strategies through participation and upgrading in the GVC, by: (1) analysing factors for GVC participation using international I/O tables, (2) analysing factors for upgrading in the GVC, (3) developing a logistics connectivity index based on network analyses, and (4) comparing the structure of the GVC in East Asia, North America and Central America, and Europe.


April 2020 - March 2022

Members of the Research Project
[ Organizer ] Umezaki So
[ Co-researcher ] Kuroiwa Ikuo (Professor, Faculty of Internatuional Economic Studies, University of Niigata Prefecture)
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