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Services in Global Value Chains: Trade patterns and gains from specialisation

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  • Sébastien Miroudot

    (OECD)

  • Charles Cadestin

    (OECD)

Abstract

Within global value chains (GVCs), services and manufacturing activities are intertwined. This report further investigates the role played by services in GVCs by looking at patterns of specialisation in 23 services industries over the period 2000-2014. Relying on the concept of revealed comparative advantage, it highlights that all countries have a comparative advantage in specific services industries, either in services within manufacturing value chains or in services exported as final products to consumers. A value-added approach is important to analyse the specialisation in services. In addition, there are tangible productivity gains out of this specialisation, as well as gains in terms of employment. Finally, empirical results suggest that services trade restrictiveness negatively affects bilateral flows of service value-added within GVCs. Both domestic reforms and the reduction of barriers in partner countries can benefit services sectors and the activities that rely on services inputs.

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  • Sébastien Miroudot & Charles Cadestin, 2017. "Services in Global Value Chains: Trade patterns and gains from specialisation," OECD Trade Policy Papers 208, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:traaab:208-en
    DOI: 10.1787/06420077-en
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    1. Ariu, Andrea & Mayneris, Florian & Parenti, Mathieu, 2020. "One way to the top: How services boost the demand for goods," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 123(C).
    2. Escaith, Hubert & Khorana, Sangeeta, 2020. "Mapping the Commonwealth Countries’ Participation in Global Value Chains," MPRA Paper 104441, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Dhingra, Swati & Freeman, Rebecca & Mavroeidi, Eleonora, 2018. "Beyond tariff reductions: what extra boost from trade agreement provisions?," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 88683, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    4. Timon Bohn & Steven Brakman & Erik Dietzenbacher, 2018. "The role of services in globalisation," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 41(10), pages 2732-2749, October.
    5. Escaith, Hubert, 2020. "Contrasting Revealed Comparative Advantages when Trade is (also)in Intermediate Products," MPRA Paper 103666, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    6. Charles Cadestin & Koen De Backer & Sébastien Miroudot & Laurent Moussiegt & Davide Rigo & Ming Ye, 2019. "Multinational enterprises in domestic value chains," OECD Science, Technology and Industry Policy Papers 63, OECD Publishing.

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    Keywords

    global value chains; productivity; revealed comparative advantage; Services; servicification; trade in services; trade in value-added;
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    JEL classification:

    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • F68 - International Economics - - Economic Impacts of Globalization - - - Policy
    • L80 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - General

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