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Specialization Within Global Value Chains

The Role of Additive Transport Costs

This paper studies the factors of comparative advantage within global value chains relying on a framework where comparative advantage is measured through the interaction of country and industry characteristics.


Keywords: quality of institutions, production networks, global value chains, comparative advantage, trade costs, upstreamness, quality of transport infrastructure
JEL: F14: International Economics / Trade / Empirical Studies of Trade; L60: Industrial Organization / Industry Studies: Manufacturing / Industry Studies: Manufacturing: General; F13: International Economics / Trade / Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
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