Distributive Profiles Associated with Domestic versus International Specialization in Global Value Chains

Wirkierman, Ariel Luis. 2023. Distributive Profiles Associated with Domestic versus International Specialization in Global Value Chains. International Journal of Political Economy, 52(2), pp. 117-152. ISSN 0891-1916 [Article]

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The present article sets out trends in functional income distribution implied by countries' integration in Global Value Chains (GVCs), taking also into account interregional interactions (North-North, South–South and North–South). Through the application of an innovative input-output methodology, it quantifies inter-country differences in functional income distribution by means of a novel indicator to estimate the distributive profile associated with domestic vis-à-vis international specialization. The focus is on trade flows, and the analysis carried out allows to single out the distributive implications of alternative regional integration projects, in view of a more inclusive multilateral trade system.

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JEL Classifications: D57; E16; E23; F60

The research project behind this paper was funded by UNCTAD and served as background work for the UNCTAD Trade and Development Report (TDR) 2022.


Functional income distribution; global value chains; input-output analysis

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Institute of Management Studies
Institute of Management Studies > Structural Economic Analysis


30 May 2023Accepted
15 August 2023Published Online
15 August 2023Published

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15 Aug 2023 14:05

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26 Feb 2024 13:30

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Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.



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