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Global Value Chain Trade along the Belt andRoad and Projects Allocation


  • Kaku Attah Damoah
  • Giorgia Giovannetti
  • Enrico Marvasi


We analyze the trade patterns among the countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and investigate whether and to what extent they explain the allocation of investment projects regarding their number and value. Our findings indicate that investments tend to concentrate in countries already involved in global value chains (GVC) and especially favor suppliers of intermediate goods to China with similar sectoral specialization. At the same time, more developed countries closer to destination markets tend to attract fewer but larger investments. The BRI represents an opportunity for China to upgrade its exports and for the involved countries to join GVC productions.

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  • Kaku Attah Damoah & Giorgia Giovannetti & Enrico Marvasi, 2019. "Global Value Chain Trade along the Belt andRoad and Projects Allocation," Working Papers - Economics wp2019_07.rdf, Universita' degli Studi di Firenze, Dipartimento di Scienze per l'Economia e l'Impresa.
  • Handle: RePEc:frz:wpaper:wp2019_07.rdf

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    Belt and Road; China; global value chains; trade patterns;

    JEL classification:

    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements

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