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Global Production: Firms, Contracts, and Trade Structure


  • Pol Antràs

    (Harvard University
    National Bureau of Economic Research)


Global Production is the first book to provide a fully comprehensive overview of the complicated issues facing multinational companies and their global sourcing strategies. Few international trade transactions today are based on the exchange of finished goods; rather, the majority of transactions are dominated by sales of individual components and intermediary services. Many firms organize global production around offshoring parts, components, and services to producers in distant countries, and contracts are drawn up specific to the parties and distinct legal systems involved. Pol Antràs examines the contractual frictions that arise in the international system of production and how these frictions influence the world economy. Antràs discusses the inevitable complications that develop in contract negotiation and execution. He provides a unified framework that sheds light on the factors helping global firms determine production locations and other organizational choices. Antràs also implements a series of systematic empirical tests, based on recent data from the U.S. Customs and Census Offices, which demonstrate the relevance of contractual factors in global production decisions.

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  • Pol Antràs, 2015. "Global Production: Firms, Contracts, and Trade Structure," Economics Books, Princeton University Press, edition 1, number 10613, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:pup:pbooks:10613

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    1. Blouin, Arthur & Macchiavello, Rocco, 2018. "Strategic Default in the International Coffee Market," CAGE Online Working Paper Series 369, Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE).
    2. Assaf Razin, 2017. "Globalized Israel: High Tech Prowess and Buttressing FDI," NBER Working Papers 23223, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    3. Laura Alfaro & Pol Antras & Davin Chor & Paola Conconi, 2015. "Internalizing Global Value Chains: A Firm-Level Analysis," Working Papers ECARES ECARES 2015-29, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
    4. Christian Dippel & Robert Gold & Stephan Heblich & Rodrigo Pinto, 2017. "Instrumental Variables and Causal Mechanisms: Unpacking the Effect of Trade on Workers and Voters," CESifo Working Paper Series 6816, CESifo Group Munich.
    5. Hornok, Cecilia & Muraközy, Balázs, 2018. "Markups of Exporters and Importers: Evidence from Hungary," KCG Working Papers 9, Kiel Centre for Globalization (KCG).
    6. Kukharskyy, Bohdan & Pflüger, Michael P., 2018. "Time Is on My Side: Relational Contracts and Aggregate Welfare," IZA Discussion Papers 11387, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    7. Razin, Assaf, 2017. "Israel Globalized: High Tech, Productivity and FDI," CEPR Discussion Papers 11882, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    8. Antonio Accetturo & Andrea Linarello & Andrea Petrella, 2017. "Legal enforcement and Global Value Chains: micro-evidence from Italian manufacturing firms," Questioni di Economia e Finanza (Occasional Papers) 397, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
    9. Dominik Boddin, 2016. "The Role of Newly Industrialized Economies in Global Value Chains," IMF Working Papers 16/207, International Monetary Fund.


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