Quotation Foster-McGregor, Neil, Kaulich, Florian, Stehrer, Robert. 2015. Global Value Chains in Africa. UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2015-024, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT).


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This paper provides evidence on the extent of Global Value Chain (GVC) participation by Africa as a region and for individual African countries. We find that Africa as a whole is heavily involved in GVCs, being more engaged in GVCs than many developing country regions as well as developed countries such as the USA. This overall finding hides the fact that much of Africa's participation in GVCs is in upstream production, with African firms providing primary inputs to firms in countries further down the value chain. The possibility of upgrading within GVCs in Africa is likely to be limited therefore, something which the current analysis suggests. Despite this, we observe a great deal of heterogeneity in terms of GVC participation and upgrading across African countries, with a number of African countries participating in GVCs to a relatively large extent.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Working/discussion paper, preprint
Language English
Title Global Value Chains in Africa
Title of whole publication UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2015-024, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT)
Year 2015
URL http://www.merit.unu.edu/publications/wppdf/2015/wp2015-024.pdf
JEL F15, F23

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Kaulich, Florian (Details)
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Foster-McGregor, Neil (UNU-MERIT, Netherlands)
Stehrer, Robert (wiiw, Austria)
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Institute for International Economics and Development IN (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5334 Political economic policy (Details)
5344 Foreign trade (Details)
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