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Global Value Chains Participation and Productivity Gains for North African Firms

Del Prete, Davide and Giovannetti, Giorgia and Marvasi, Enrico Global Value Chains Participation and Productivity Gains for North African Firms. Working Paper #407/2016 Centro Studi Luca D'Agliano - Deevelopment Studies Working Papers ISSN 2282-5452. (Submitted)

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Abstract

This paper analyzes the participation of North African countries and Örms into Global Value Chains (GVCs) and its implications for competitiveness. First it shows that North African countries are not (yet) fully integrated into international production networks, although large part of their (low) trade is due to value added related upstream activities, and the importance of global linkages has been increasing over time. Then, it empirically investigates if and how the performance of North African Örms is a§ected by GVC participation. We Önd that Örms that have had access to international supply chains perform better, showing further productivity gains over time. The ability to get such improvements however relies on speciÖc characteristics, such as an adequate level of quality and compliance with international standards, along with specialized skills. Policies designed to support the latter represent then an important tool for linking developing countries to global production and trade, with possible positive consequences on their economic development.

Item Type: Working Paper (Working Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Keywords: global value chains, Örm heterogeneity, North Africa, productivity. JEL codes: F14, F15, L23, L25, 055
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Research Area: Economics and Institutional Change
Depositing User: davide del prete
Date Deposited: 24 May 2017 09:13
Last Modified: 24 May 2017 09:13
URI: http://eprints.imtlucca.it/id/eprint/3706

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