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Product Modularity and the Rise of Global Value Chains: Insights from the Electronics Industry

  • Byron Gangnes

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    (Department of Economics, University of Hawaii at Manoa)

  • Ari Van Assche

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    (Department of Economics, UC Davis)

The electronics industry has undergone a transformation from dominant vertically integrated firms to a system of lead firms that specialize in single slices of global value chains. We consider the role that modularization has played in this transformation, the insights this provides for our understanding of global supply chains, and the implications for future research.

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Paper provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 201119.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 01 Dec 2011
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Handle: RePEc:hai:wpaper:201119
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